I cycle with a Contour Roam camera mounted on my helmet to record the regular incidences when selfish negligent criminal drivers try to kill me. I’m sick of having to be hyper vigilant to protect myself from complacent morons and their sense of entitlement and belief that they are so special that the law does not apply to them.
Today I was cycling north on Sydney Rd Brunswick at approximately 1.15pm when a small silver car parked on the left hand side of the road adjacent to the end of Mitchell St indicated that it was pulling out onto the road, then stuck its right front corner out into the cycle lane. It looked like it had not seen me and was not stopping.
I slowed and swerved to the right to avoid it. As I went past it I saw that the driver was holding a mobile phone to their right ear with their right hand while steering with their left hand.
I braked and came to a stop in the cycle lane ahead of the car, turned around and walked my bike back to the car. I yelled at the driver “get off your fucking phone” several times.
The driver (with the handbag in the photo above) looked like she was going to pull away and leave the scene so I stood in front of the car to prevent them leaving. The car, a silver Toyota Yaris hatchback, is registered as ULN 170.
I asked one of several witnesses to the situation to call the Police 000. They refused so I called myself. Within 4 minutes a police van was seen driving south on Sydney Rd. I waved it down and stated that I was the person who had called them.
Constable Ben Ashmole asked my name, date of birth and home address. He and his colleague then turned to talk to the driver, who had walked away then returned.
Two men who, from their behaviour, appeared to know the driver came up to me. The larger one stood unnecessarily close to me and threatened me and made a homophobic comment about me. The other smaller man got the larger one to withdraw.
The police demanded that I withdraw while they talked to the driver. At this point I unfortunately stopped recording video.
Constable Ben Ashmole then talked to me. He stated that he had dealt with me before over the same kind of incident. I refuted this. He stated that in the previous incident I had lied to him. I stated that this had never happened and that he had mistaken me for someone else. Constable Ashmole failed to be objective. He appeared to be biased against me based his false belief.
The driver told two lies to the police that I directly heard – first that she was not using her phone while driving and second that I had threatened to kill her. These are both false and defamatory. The video proves that I did not threaten her. I called her a “fucking moron”. That is all.
The officers told me I was lucky that they were not charging me with an offence. They refused to charge the driver and told me if I wanted to complain about her driving while using a phone that I would have to report that separately. They instructed me to leave the scene.
Cyclists are injured daily by dangerous drivers. When taxpaying cyclists call the police for help, as they have every right to do, they should expect the law to be upheld and for criminal drivers to be charged.
The police failed to uphold the law. They were biased against the victim and let the perpetrator leave without consequence. One police officer also falsely accused me of lying to him. This is unacceptable and demonstrates that the cycling public can have no confidence in the police.