‘Shocking’ police footage of girl’s road accident taken off site

‘Shocking’ police footage of girl’s road accident taken off site

‘Shocking’ police footage of girl’s road accident taken off site

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Footage that shows a 12-year-old cyclist being knocked down by a driver was removed by YouTube for being “shocking and disgusting”.

The CCTV video was released by Sussex Police as part of its road safety campaign and shows a young girl being struck by a silver Suzuki while sitting stationary in the middle of the road.

Yesterday the video was pulled down from the official Sussex Police YouTube page by moderators for being in violation of their terms of use policy and was deemed “shocking and disgusting”.

Yesterday a Sussex Police spokesman confirmed the force was contacted by YouTube when the content was flagged as inappropriate by users and the video was taken down.

The video had been viewed more than 30,000 times.

Bruises Sussex Police had released the footage, filmed in Bognor Road, Chichester, to draw attention to the risks motorists and cyclists face on the road, following a spate of deaths and injuries.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said it was believed people had lodged complaints against the video believing the girl on the bike had been seriously injured.

The 12-year-old actually escaped with just bumps and bruises.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “We have explained the reasons for the clips usage and the fact the girl was not seriously hurt.

“We stand by the use of the clip – it shows exactly what happens when you do not pay attention on the road.”

The driver of the car, Hugo Purchase, 42, a carer from Chichester, spoke out after the recording had been released in praise of the police appeal and their decision to release the CCTV.

A spokeswoman for YouTube said: “The video has been reinstated as it was removed in error by a member of the enforcement team.

“The uploaders have been notified.”

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11:13am Wed 7 May 14

Frank28 says...

Cyclists must always wear safety helmets and high visibility clothing. There are too many occasions when motorists say 'Sorry, I didn't see you...'
Cyclists must always wear safety helmets and high visibility clothing. There are too many occasions when motorists say 'Sorry, I didn't see you...' Frank28
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11:40am Wed 7 May 14

me007 says...

Frank28 wrote:
Cyclists must always wear safety helmets and high visibility clothing. There are too many occasions when motorists say 'Sorry, I didn't see you...'
Hmm. Because they weren't looking! As far as I'm aware, no one has invented the wearable invisibility cloak yet. So maybe a driver or two might benefit from using their eyes. I fully accept that logic AND responsibility are relics from the past. But the past is something we can sometimes learn from. :-)
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Cyclists must always wear safety helmets and high visibility clothing. There are too many occasions when motorists say 'Sorry, I didn't see you...'[/p][/quote]Hmm. Because they weren't looking! As far as I'm aware, no one has invented the wearable invisibility cloak yet. So maybe a driver or two might benefit from using their eyes. I fully accept that logic AND responsibility are relics from the past. But the past is something we can sometimes learn from. :-) me007
  • Score: 0

1:08pm Wed 7 May 14

qm says...

I am with the Police on this one. If those tender souls want shocking and disgusting try the one about the little Chinese girl being run over repeatedly and ignored by passers by which was uploaded over 3 years ago and is still available! A disgraceful testament to humanity!
I am with the Police on this one. If those tender souls want shocking and disgusting try the one about the little Chinese girl being run over repeatedly and ignored by passers by which was uploaded over 3 years ago and is still available! A disgraceful testament to humanity! qm
  • Score: 7

2:34pm Wed 7 May 14

wippasnapper says...

Frank28 wrote:
Cyclists must always wear safety helmets and high visibility clothing. There are too many occasions when motorists say 'Sorry, I didn't see you...'
It is now a legal requirement that cyclist have some form of light clothing on so they can be seen plus it is also a legal requirement they MUST have lights front and back with reflectors on the bicycle it is also a legal requirement they MUST not ride upon a pavement/footpath unless otherwise stated… but see no police officer can be bothered to pull cyclist up and explain these legal requirements cyclists will go on braking the law regardless.
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Cyclists must always wear safety helmets and high visibility clothing. There are too many occasions when motorists say 'Sorry, I didn't see you...'[/p][/quote]It is now a legal requirement that cyclist have some form of light clothing on so they can be seen plus it is also a legal requirement they MUST have lights front and back with reflectors on the bicycle it is also a legal requirement they MUST not ride upon a pavement/footpath unless otherwise stated… but see no police officer can be bothered to pull cyclist up and explain these legal requirements cyclists will go on braking the law regardless. wippasnapper
  • Score: -3

2:37pm Wed 7 May 14

wippasnapper says...

Well if it was not “shocking and disgusting” it would not have the affect of letting people know they have to look both ways as well as looking at what’s directly in front of them that is the idea of the SHOCKING image it makes you realize your not the only person on the roads – well I say the person how felt it was way to shocking and disgusting must have live a well sheltered life in the middle of a desert.
Well if it was not “shocking and disgusting” it would not have the affect of letting people know they have to look both ways as well as looking at what’s directly in front of them that is the idea of the SHOCKING image it makes you realize your not the only person on the roads – well I say the person how felt it was way to shocking and disgusting must have live a well sheltered life in the middle of a desert. wippasnapper
  • Score: 4

3:21pm Wed 7 May 14

High Wire says...

Frank28 wrote:
Cyclists must always wear safety helmets and high visibility clothing. There are too many occasions when motorists say 'Sorry, I didn't see you...'
I do wear helmet and hi vis and have flashing lights during the day (steady and flashing at night) - and on several occasions I've had a near miss with a car (their fault not mine) - and still I get the "I'm sorry, I didn't see you".

I presume you saw the girl on her bike in the video - and that was shot from a greater distance than the car. The problem is not that the girl was invisible - the driver was not fully concentrating or looking.

To understand the problem more fully - and ways to avoid the problem yourself, I highly recommend reading the following (written for road users by a fighter pilot and used in the last Inst of Advanced Motorists magazine) :

http://www.slobc.org
/safety/documents/ro
ad-survival-guide.pd
f
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Cyclists must always wear safety helmets and high visibility clothing. There are too many occasions when motorists say 'Sorry, I didn't see you...'[/p][/quote]I do wear helmet and hi vis and have flashing lights during the day (steady and flashing at night) - and on several occasions I've had a near miss with a car (their fault not mine) - and still I get the "I'm sorry, I didn't see you". I presume you saw the girl on her bike in the video - and that was shot from a greater distance than the car. The problem is not that the girl was invisible - the driver was not fully concentrating or looking. To understand the problem more fully - and ways to avoid the problem yourself, I highly recommend reading the following (written for road users by a fighter pilot and used in the last Inst of Advanced Motorists magazine) : http://www.slobc.org /safety/documents/ro ad-survival-guide.pd f High Wire
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3:43pm Wed 7 May 14

High Wire says...

wippasnapper wrote:
Frank28 wrote:
Cyclists must always wear safety helmets and high visibility clothing. There are too many occasions when motorists say 'Sorry, I didn't see you...'
It is now a legal requirement that cyclist have some form of light clothing on so they can be seen plus it is also a legal requirement they MUST have lights front and back with reflectors on the bicycle it is also a legal requirement they MUST not ride upon a pavement/footpath unless otherwise stated… but see no police officer can be bothered to pull cyclist up and explain these legal requirements cyclists will go on braking the law regardless.
I'm not sure why your comment should be anti-cyclist when the story is pretty clearly about a driver hitting a child on a bike...

Aside from that, when did the law change ? The current Highway Code states you SHOULD wear light or reflective clothing - it is not a legal requirement. Lights are required by law AT NIGHT.

As for pavement riding, the Home Office issued guidance indicating the police should apply the law with discretion with Fixed Penalties issued only where the cyclist is riding in a way that endangers others.

I'm not making a case for all cyclists being angels, but please get the facts right.

Additionally, the police do prosecute cyclists - I have seen them do it as frequently as they stop car drivers (think about it, when was the last time you saw bad driving being punished ?). I cycle and drive daily - I have seen some bad driving and some bad cycling. Both offend me but the big difference between the two is that a bad cyclist has never put my life in danger.
[quote][p][bold]wippasnapper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: Cyclists must always wear safety helmets and high visibility clothing. There are too many occasions when motorists say 'Sorry, I didn't see you...'[/p][/quote]It is now a legal requirement that cyclist have some form of light clothing on so they can be seen plus it is also a legal requirement they MUST have lights front and back with reflectors on the bicycle it is also a legal requirement they MUST not ride upon a pavement/footpath unless otherwise stated… but see no police officer can be bothered to pull cyclist up and explain these legal requirements cyclists will go on braking the law regardless.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure why your comment should be anti-cyclist when the story is pretty clearly about a driver hitting a child on a bike... Aside from that, when did the law change ? The current Highway Code states you SHOULD wear light or reflective clothing - it is not a legal requirement. Lights are required by law AT NIGHT. As for pavement riding, the Home Office issued guidance indicating the police should apply the law with discretion with Fixed Penalties issued only where the cyclist is riding in a way that endangers others. I'm not making a case for all cyclists being angels, but please get the facts right. Additionally, the police do prosecute cyclists - I have seen them do it as frequently as they stop car drivers (think about it, when was the last time you saw bad driving being punished ?). I cycle and drive daily - I have seen some bad driving and some bad cycling. Both offend me but the big difference between the two is that a bad cyclist has never put my life in danger. High Wire
  • Score: 4

5:48pm Wed 7 May 14

wexler53 says...

Not sure why suggesting cyclists take steps to enhance their safety is anti-cycling?
Not sure why suggesting cyclists take steps to enhance their safety is anti-cycling? wexler53
  • Score: 0

9:13pm Wed 7 May 14

High Wire says...

wexler53 wrote:
Not sure why suggesting cyclists take steps to enhance their safety is anti-cycling?
Well maybe because the news item was about a 12 year old cyclist being run down by a car ?????????????????
[quote][p][bold]wexler53[/bold] wrote: Not sure why suggesting cyclists take steps to enhance their safety is anti-cycling?[/p][/quote]Well maybe because the news item was about a 12 year old cyclist being run down by a car ????????????????? High Wire
  • Score: 0

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