How cyclists’ videos can help convict dangerous drivers

A recent case week could mark the start of a significant shift in Irish roads policing

Video nasties: cyclists can report close passes and other crimes, such as drivers using phones behind the wheel, as long as the offence is recorded on camera. Photograph: E+/Getty

Video nasties: cyclists can report close passes and other crimes, such as drivers using phones behind the wheel, as long as the offence is recorded on camera. Photograph: E+/Getty

The video is just eight seconds long. Viewers first see several vehicles driving past a cyclist – and giving him plenty of space as they do so. Then a white van appears, speeding as it overtakes the cyclist with just inches to spare. The van doesn’t clip the rider but it’s a close call.

Shot 12 months ago with a small bike-mounted camera, the video could mark the start of a significant shift in Irish roads policing. The person who recorded the video is an experienced member of a cycling club based in Munster. Last week he published it on Twitter under his username, @righttobikeit, saying it had just been used by the Garda as evidence in court.

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