Police stage cycle crash in road safety campaign (UK)

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Police stage cycle crash in road safety campaign (UK)

Postby Ross » Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:29 am

It seems most people just DGAF about their fellow human being these days. Only 9 out of 186 people that drove past bothered to stop and check on the "victim". :evil:

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from ... e-26616492

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Police left a dummy on the ground so passing cars would think there had been an accident

The fake body of a dead cyclist has been left on the side of a dangerous stretch of road in Belarus as part of a police safety campaign, it appears.

The scene was set up to look like a hit-and-run, with a mangled cycle and tyre tracks left near the dummy. But officers found only nine people stopped out of 186 cars that drove past, news site Tut.by says. Occasionally, an officer posed as a concerned passer-by, to flag down drivers for help. "Sometimes this worked," the website reports.

Among those who stopped were a couple who offered to drive the the mannequin to hospital, telling officers they were not worried about getting blood on their back seat. "Human life is precious, and you can always wash your seat covers," driver Grigory Yevgenievich reportedly said.

Another person reversed back after realising what he had seen, and five others reported the incident to the next traffic checkpoint. Everyone who stopped received a gift of a licence-plate frame and calendar.

A local traffic official said the Don't Look the Other Way! campaign was launched because the road north-west of the Krasnoye had a lot of lorry traffic, and the risk for cyclists was "unfortunately pretty high".

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Re: Police stage cycle crash in road safety campaign (UK)

Postby herzog » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:46 am

It was in Belarus not uk.
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Re: Police stage cycle crash in road safety campaign (UK)

Postby Aushiker » Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:31 pm

herzog wrote:It was in Belarus not uk.


But still an interesting approach to road safety.

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Re: Police stage cycle crash in road safety campaign (UK)

Postby FatGuts » Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:38 pm

Its amazing how many people ride past you if you have something as simple as a puncture without even an "Are you OK?"
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Postby ruckmaj » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:17 pm

Makes you wonder why they really didnt stop.... either they simply didnt see them, did not want to get involved, don't like cyclists and would rather we all die or something else...

I wonder if you took the bike away, would they stop ?
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Re: Police stage cycle crash in road safety campaign (UK)

Postby SuperSix » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:38 pm

FatGuts wrote:Its amazing how many people ride past you if you have something as simple as a puncture without even an "Are you OK?"

That's only roadies. Mtb riders all ask if you're ok.
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Re: Police stage cycle crash in road safety campaign (UK)

Postby trailgumby » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:01 pm

Not quite all... I'd guess over half though 《/pedant》

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Re: Police stage cycle crash in road safety campaign (UK)

Postby K2 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:37 am

Ross wrote:It seems most people just DGAF about their fellow human being these days......


Before xmas we had a motorcyclist hit a parked car two houses up in the middle of the night. The bike bounced out into the middle of the road whilst the rider was launched about 40m down it, finally coming to rest outside our place.

The Mrs [1], sitting in a front room, heard it and immediately told me to call the ambulance whilst she ran out to assist. By the time I'd grabbed a cordless and was heading out the front door the neighbour across the way had joined her and was heading back inside to grab a blanket for the unconcious bloke....and put some clothes on :) .

Neighbours up the street slowly began wandering out to investigate. They all headed over to the shattered bike to check out the damage and have a chat. It took over five minutes for anyone else to come down to where the body was lying motionless in the middle of the road, and then all she wanted to know was if I was on the phone to the police (000 stays on the line until the ambos arrive) because it was her car that had been hit.

Is there any wonder why we have minimal interactions with the neighbours other than matey across the street?

Having said that, I'm not a big fan of these staged mock things. Dealing with seriously injured people is traumatic if you're not accustomed to it (likely still is to many who see it every day). As evidenced here, most folk aren't going to get involved...even the thought of dealing with it will send most people's heart racing, and for those brave souls who do, a few knick knacks from the gift shop hardly seems fair recompence.

Also, whilst a maintainace chap using a whipper snipper off to the side of a road can bring a freeway to its knees due to rubber neckers, left to their own devices the majority of drivers would manage to drive past a large pallet of gold ingots with a "Free - take some" sign planted in it without noticing. As regularly shown hereabouts, most folk are way too ensconced in their own world of misery/importance to notice much else, yet alone do anything about it if they did.

[1] She's made of much sterner stuff than me. She's twice had a pistol pointed at her face during hold ups, and many moons ago held a young kid as he passed away after been knocked off his bike by a hit and run. She's still awaiting the final all clear on blood tests after this latest incident but no doubt will dive in regardless next time it is necessary too.
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