More than 1.5 million people have viewed footage of a fatal collision in Norfolk following its release on 4th September 2014.
The video is a 3 minute clip of a fatal collision that was captured on rider, David Holmes, head cam as he travelled home from Kings Lynn on the A47 in June 2013.
The decision to release the footage was taken by David Holmes mother, Brenda, who has been working closely with Norfolk Police as part of their road safety campaign. The hope is that by releasing the footage into the public domain it will prevent further deaths.
For those who may have seen the footage already you will know how hard-hitting and distressing the footage is. Mr Holmes was an experienced rider with approximately 22 years riding experience. Experience does not guarantee safety and in no way reduces the responsibility on all road users to be alert to the dangers on our roads. Irrespective of whether drivers and riders have just passed their test or have been passed their test for 20 years, the dangers are just as dangerous.
We are all guilty of thinking that it won’t happen to us, that we’re untouchable but when danger strikes the outcome is often unthinkable and in so many cases, avoidable.
David’s Story is intended to encourage people to slow down and take time to look for bikes. There has been some criticism of the footage being released but there is no doubting that from any perspective, it is powerful.
Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit stated that “the majority of bikers ride responsibly however…we know motorcyclists are a vulnerable group and this sad case is a reminder to all road users to be alert to what is going on around you and to lower your speed.”
Public opinion may be divided on David’s Story but the underlying message remains the same… “THINK BIKE THINK BIKER”
You can watch the film below:
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