Video: CCTV Footage Of Road Collisions

May 8, 2017

Noting the preventable deaths occurring on the roads, the World Health Organization is promoting this week as a “Go Slow” week, and in acknowledging the week, the police showed CCTV footage of collisions, saying that the intention is “not to provide shock and awe,” but for people to consider how quickly the collisions happened, how they are avoidable and how “each collision occurred because of a bad decision.”

Speaking at a press conference, Inspector Robert Cardwell, Officer Responsible for Roads Policing said, “The World Health Organization recognizes that the most preventable deaths occurring in all OECD [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] territories are those that are occurring on the roads.

“Over a number of years, Bermuda records on average of one death on our roads per month. Police investigations into these road deaths continue to reveal that most involved alcohol/drugs, excessive speed or inattention. On occasion all three of these causes were present.

“Besides the deaths occurring on the roads, Bermuda continues to record a number of road traffic collisions where the injuries suffered are serious and in some cases life changing.

“These serious injury collisions impact everyone as the medical costs alone, which are then coupled with the costs of long term rehabilitation and sometimes life-long support, are a burden on all motor insurers. This burden is passed onto the consumer in the form of increasing insurance premiums.

“Statistically in Bermuda, males are more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious injury collision. These males will be disproportionately black and will be between the age of 20 and 30 and certainly in the prime of their life.

“The World Health Organization is promoting through all the OECD territories a “go slow” week. This week will occur between 8th and 12th May.

“This week is an opportunity for all road users to consciously examine the speed at which they travel when operating a motor vehicle and to ensure that they are giving their road use and motor vehicle operation the full attention that is required.

“As everyone is aware there is a network of CCTV cameras around the island on most major roads and at most major junctions.

“The CCTV cameras assist the police in collision investigation, as often we can see what has happened rather than undertake the time consuming investigation to figure out what happened.

“I am going to show a few of the collisions captured on the CCTV network. The intention is not to provide shock and awe, but we do advise that some viewers may find some of this footage disturbing, as this shows some motorists being hurt.

“I would encourage everyone watching this footage to consider the following 3 points: How quickly the collisions happened, how each collision was avoidable, and how each collision occurred because of a bad decision.”

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  1. JohnBoy says:

    Where they TRYING to hit the riders???

    • Hmmm says:

      That rider was flying down the road overtaking a car. If (s)he was driving at a legal speed there would have been no accident. The driver of the car also wasn’t indicating so by no means do they get away without blame. Basically two very bad drivers collided. Unfortunately that isn’t a rare occurrence in Bermuda.

      • sage says:

        Pause the video, the bike may have been speeding but the driver just cuts across without pause, when the bike was easily visible and only like 30 yards away. Today is “go slow day” radar is all over the place, speed kills blah, blah, blah, how many drunk drive arrests have been made in the last month compared to speeding tickets (probably too low to reveal)? Blame deflected to “a bad decision”, usually it is multiple bad decisions commonly exacerbated by alcohol. Pity we don’t have accurate stats.

  2. Michael says:

    In all them accidents, the car was at fault. Who takes a turn and drives in the opposite lane for 20 meters? Or who doesn’t look right when they enter a Roundabout? Bermuda car drivers apparently.

    • My friend says:

      I’m been saying that for as long as I had my license

    • Toodle-oo says:

      *In all them accidents, the car was at fault. *

      But everyone with a steering wheel in their hand thinks that bikes are the root of all evil on the roads !

      Furthermore , there was an article on a related documentary a few weeks back and I commented then , with proof , that all of these gory films aren’t going to make a whit of difference.

    • sage says:

      I had a drunken idiot plow straight into me on a roundabout after failing to yield to me (on the right), then I was charged by police with due care and the other driver was not, a magistrate found me guilty and fined me and took my license, on appeal I won with the judge finding the magistrates decision bizarre, I recovered court costs, renumeration for pain and suffering and replacement value for the bike.

      • InquiringMind says:

        That is utterly ridiculous. When are the right people going to be charged and brought to justice? And I wonder how many other cases like yours were tried and won but not challenged.

      • Thetruthhurts says:

        Hey Sage…you weren’t charged with due care….without perhaps. Was the other driver arrested?

    • Overtaker says:

      Did you not notice that the bike in this video was clearly overtaking (still a close call with the car coming but they very well could have flashed to let the car go not knowing a foolish overtaker was coming up behind them) – either way….everyone needs to slow down especially at busy intersections like this

    • Micro says:

      Cobbs Hill the bike very clearly is travelling at high speed and overtook the car to the right of the frame.

      The truck and bike at Tee Street also were the bike travelling at too high a speed and on wet roads.

      • sage says:

        The car at Cobbs Hill was at least half at fault, should have seen the bike.

  3. Unbelievable says:

    A couple of those bikes were going too fast. if they were driving at a reasonable speed, they probably would have had time to brake as well.
    That Cobb’s Hill crash? That person was going Way too fast and overtaking the car in front.

    • BDA girl says:

      Doesn’t really matter. It was on the driver to make sure they had a clear way to pull out.

      • paperclip says:

        @BDA girl And that’s a fine example of shedding responsibility. That bike was speeding and overtaking at a junction. He put his own life at risk.

        The car turning right could see the car approaching him and had time to turn. In any normal society he would not have expected some tool on a bike to be overtaking at a ridiculous speed.

      • Unbelievable says:

        Both are at fault in my view.

    • serengeti says:

      So what? The car driver must give way to oncoming traffic when turning right.

  4. Triangle Drifter says:

    Four wheeled vehicle at fault in every one of those clips however some of those bikes were flying. Shared cause.

  5. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Speed kills…nuff said!

    • Bermudian says:

      Speed doesn’t kill….Suddenly becoming stationary does..

  6. EB says:

    Notice in all of them the bike riders are exceeding the speed limit. You check and its clear but by the time you pull out those idiots are flying down the road and have hit your car. Time to have IQ tests in order to get a license.

    • Analytical says:

      I would only say that in the case of the Cobb’s Hill collision. Everyone else seemed to be going a decent speed and the drivers of the car/truck just didn’t yield like they were supposed to.

  7. ImJustSayin says:

    Some of those accidents on that CCTV coverage could have been avoided if the cycle rider was moving slower, that would give the rider more time to react. It’s difficult for some people at stop signs to judge the speed of an oncoming vehicle. When you’re at a intersection you must have a lot of patience and wait for the road to be clear a good distance away because these motorcycles are moving way to fast for a reaction. Mind you some of the footage shows the car and van drivers were not paying attention.

  8. Smh says:

    Unbelievable! All the accidents, the drivers of the cars where at fault. Smh. People need to pay attention.

    • Varied says:

      Indeed! The commentator was all ‘bike riders are the majority of incidents’ then every crash shown was a four wheeled vehicle smashing into the bike that had the right of way!

    • Unbelievable says:

      Not so. It looks like both are at fault.

  9. Wut?! says:

    I’ve often thought that the dual lanes in the roundabout leaving town is weird. Is that the only roundabout with two lanes?

    • PBanks says:

      With good reason considering the volume of traffic especially during rush hour.

      But some people still treat that roundabout like their own personal thoroughfare. Like stopping on the roundabout to let people go through.

  10. Triangle Drifter says:

    Look carefully. The bike rider in the second crash had just finished overtaking a car with oncoming traffic. Two of the other crashes the bike riders were at excessive speed. Even if the car & truck drivers saw the bikes they would have assumed the bike approach speed was much slower.

    Bad things seldom happen because of one reason.

  11. 6Mbs says:

    People love to blame the bike riders but the evidence is clear in all of those videos. Speed may have played into some of the crashes but it still doesn’t account for the poor driving habits of the cars that caused the accidents. I’ve been on my pedal bike with high visibility gear on going much slower than those bikes and the exact same scenarios have played out time and time again when I’m traveling 20kph. Stop blaming bike riders and using speed for an excuse and take responsibility for your poor diving habits. And this is mainly aimed at those of you over 45 who love to blame everyone else on the road but yourself and in denial that your driving ability and eye sight has declined since you were in your 20s and 30s.

  12. Cowpoly says:

    Slow down people. Indicate. We must look out for each other

  13. Common Sense says:

    When will people realize we need to distribute videos of people DRIVING SAFELY.. NOT THE ACCIDENTS!!! People gravitate towards what the focus on… if we want safer roads please distribute videos of people DRIVING SAFELY!

  14. james says:

    in 1 and 3 it’s hard to see how the bike could have avoided a collision
    in 2 the bike seems to be going faster than he should be – it’s unlikely the card could avoid that
    in 4, hard to say whether the truck driver looked, but bike speed wasn’t excessive – either party could have avoided it

    in 75% of the videos, the driver could have avoided injury to the biker by being reasonably careful
    in only 50% could the biker have avoided injury to himself/herself

    not great odds for the biker…

    • james says:

      bad math… missed a vid. 4 was car’s fault. 5 was debatable.

      80% of videos are avoidable by driver
      40% of vids biker could have avoided injury to himself/herself – but 100% of the time injured, not great odds.

  15. NO MORE WAR says:

    Tragic but it’s about time the BPS got wise and show footage like this. Showing this type of footage may help save a life or two. It certainly will make me think twice as I manoeuvre through these mean streets.

  16. Brier says:

    Careless driving

  17. Triangle Drifter says:

    How many caught the common roundabout offence by the black car cutting into the Harbour Rd. lane then going up Trimingham Hill? Nothing to do with the crash but a habit of poor drivers that causes crashes at that location.

    • wedge says:

      The irony is police also do that and often when sitting off booking persons for speeding at the bus stop, right behind them they ignore the real danger you just mentioned.

  18. JOHn says:

    TCD needs to improve their testing

    • Thetruthhurts says:

      JOHn we all know that anyone can pass a test on the day. It’s about vigilance every time you take to the roads. Then we start to introduce speed, drink and/or drugs and all bets are off. It’s all about the 2 minutes before you turn the key….am I late for work?… I a little too drunk?…….should I have smoked that last spliff?… my child late for school? It’s all about choices and consequences. Not enough people take the time to think about those two words.