Cyclist’s crusade to film danger drivers

Simon Freeman
22 Sep 2011

A cyclist is waging a one-man war against bad drivers on London’s roads by posting footage of their actions online.

Lewis Dediare cycles through the capital filming motorists with a £300 camera mounted on his helmet before putting the videos on YouTube.

He issues about 200 of his own tickets a month to the worst offenders and points them to the website where their misdemeanours are broadcast.

Mr Dediare, 47, who calls himself the Traffic Droid, said that while most of his victims are good-natured he has been sworn at, attacked and even driven at by enraged motorists.

One uploaded video shows a young couple arguing with Mr Dediare and accusing him of damaging their car.

In other footage, Mr Dediare remonstrates with a van driver from British Cycling, the sport’s governing body, for texting while stopped in traffic.

The driver responds: “You don’t have to be too high and mighty about it.”

Mr Dediare’s biggest gripe is with bus drivers who pull out from stops or switch lanes without warning.

But the tactic has divided opinion. Some warn that drivers who make innocent mistakes may find themselves and their cars, with clearly visible registration plates, on public view. The Nigerian-born campaigner, who lives in Westminster, launched his crusade two years ago after cracking two ribs when he was knocked down by a motorist on the phone.

He said: “I don’t go out looking for trouble, it just happens. I see it every day and I always stop to tell people off, sometimes in a tongue-in-cheek way.

“Some people get upset. Some are puzzled. Some scream. One chap got out and throttled me. But the camera is always rolling, it sees everything.

“If they’ve been really bad I hand them self-analysis cards so they can go on to YouTube and see for themselves.”

Andrew Howard, head of road safety for the AA, said it was important to make a distinction between aggressive and dangerous drivers and those who make legitimate mistakes. Mike Cazenett, of the London Cycling Campaign, said video evidence could help police investigate accidents.

Roger Lawson, London co-ordinator for the Association of British Drivers, said: “There are a lot more aggressive cyclists than drivers.”

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