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Video sunglasses help cyclist keep dangerous drivers in his sights

Cyclist Simon Mason was unable to take any action after he was knocked off his bike on the way to work because he didn’t get the cars registration number.

He is now making sure that that doesn’t happen again by wearing high-tech video sunglasses that will catch out inconsiderate drivers.

The industrial chemist has been posting videos of dangerous drivers online and even passing them onto the police.

53 year old Simon has been cycling to his job with BP Chemicals since the 1990s.

He said: “I began riding to work because I kept getting stuck in traffic and saw bikes flying past. I was hit head on in 2010 by a white van, but couldn’t do anything about it because I didn’t get the number plate.

“Thankfully, I didn’t have any injuries, but I did break my collarbone after being knocked off about two years ago when a car undertook me.

“Again I didn’t have any details, but after the last incident I decided to do something about it.

“I thought if I had a camera I could video any clashes while I was cycling and catch people out. I didn’t want a helmet camera and thought about getting one on my handle bars, until I discovered you could buy video sunglasses.”

Simon invested in a pair of £170 high-resolution virtual video glasses

“They record really good footage in high definition and I began filming my commute to work,” he said.

“I’ve filmed a lot of cars getting too close. Anlaby Road outside Hull Royal Infirmary is one of the worst places for near accidents, which is ironic because you can get treated just a few yards away.”

Simon’s glasses have also been useful in helping fighting crime in the area: “I saw some yobs riding on mini motorcycles. They didn’t realise they were being filmed and I followed them for a while and contacted the police to give them the evidence.

“Cyclists have also been attacked before and although I hope that never happens to me, if it does I will have proof.”

Humberside Police Chief Inspector David Rawding said: “We are aware that many cyclists are fitting cameras on to their cycles, however at this time it is unclear how much this will support police investigations.

“I would advise cyclists looking at investing on their bikes and riding apparatus to invest in reflective clothing, cycle helmets, high visibility lights and decent D-locks to ensure their safety and the security of their property.”


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