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Video: Cyclists swerving into oncoming cars in new “game”

Posted on: March 11th, 2018

Video cyclists swerving into oncoming cars in "game"

This video shows examples of a new craze involving cyclists swerving in front of – playing chicken with – oncoming cars. One comes a cropper badly. The police in the UK have now issued a warning.

 

Video cyclists swerving into oncoming cars in “game”

 

The police in Britain have issued a warning about a new “game” among some teenagers cycling around streets in groups.

Some of them have been swerving into the path of oncoming cars, effectively playing chicken with them.

Others with them are recording the stunt for posting on social media later.

However, Hertfordshire Constabulary has tracked down the family of one of the cyclists – Paul Belcher – who hit a car head-on. His collision was captured on video by a friend recording it on a phone.

And now the police are using that case with the help of Lesley Belcher, the injured boy’s mother, to highlight the dangers.

To be clear; these examples were record in the UK. And they seem to be the preserve of teenage boys riding around urban areas in a deliberately dangerous manner.

In the clip below film Lesley Belcher says she found out about her son being knocked off his bike via social media.

 

 

“The impact of such a stupid ‘game’ could have been a loss of life in so many situations,” she said.

“When he walked through the door and looked at me, I just thought ‘you’re so stupid’.”

Her son’s bike was a write-off. And the vehicle he hit cost £1,200 to repair; an expensive “game”.

Sgt Leah McDermott, a safer neighbourhood officer, said the consequences could be very serious for the teenagers.

“This so-called ‘game’ just doesn’t make sense,” she said. “Those who attempt to swerve in front of cars are not only putting themselves in real danger, but also those in the vehicles. “

“The consequences could be severe. And I would like to thank Lesley for working with us in producing this film.

“(She is) so honest about her and her son’s experience, which I hope will discourage others of considering doing the same.

“I and other officers don’t want to have to knock on a child’s parent’s door to tell them that their child has been seriously injured or worse. This ‘game’ must stop.”

 

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