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Topic: Is there any point in reporting traffic incidents?

Posted on: 27th May 2011 12:47 AM    Quote and Reply

I currently commute daily to work in Singapore - unfortunately I have no choice but to ride 3-4kms on the road - the rest is on bike paths. I have multiple very bright flashing lights, a horn, a mirror and have ridden 10 of thousands of kms in many cities so have good road sense. But the drivers here scare me.

Today whilst riding past Marina Bay Sands a driver in a van deliberately tried to knock me over. Even though the road is 3 lanes wide, the driver didn't change lanes, he tailed me closely along Bayfront Ave trying to force me into the gutter whilst I was riding at ~35kmh, at the casino exit a taxi was half blocking the far left lane which forced the van driver to move into the middle lane. He then accelerated level with me and once level he turned hard left into the underground carpark entrance just after the casino exit and before the bus stop and ERP gantry. I understood his intentions and hit my brakes before he did this and I was able to narrowly miss the side of the van as I also turned into the entrance to avoid the collision. A casino security guard/traffic warden rushed over to see if I was ok, it was obviously very close.

There is no doubt that the driver did this intentionally. He accelerated level with me, he looked over his shoulder at me before he turned - this is why I had already hit my brakes before he turned - I could see what he was trying to do, and even though I hit my very loud horn as I braked and turned he just continued to turn and try and hit me.

In hindsight I should have just pulled into the first taxi entrance and onto the footpath - and not even got close to this driver. But as a vulnerable road user who follows the road rules and tries my level best to be visible, predictable and defensive I did not expect someone to use their vehicle as a weapon.

My question is - is it worth reporting this? If the driver's actions did not result in a crash and/or death or serious injury are the traffic police interested? Do reports about this sort of dangerous driving ever result in action being taken?

The thing is people who do these sorts of things don't do them in isolation, they are usually habitual in their actions. Maybe the next cyclist he tries to hit won't be able to avoid him.
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Posted on: 27th May 2011 4:03 AM    Quote and Reply


I have 2 HD video cam mounted on my commuter bike for situation like this...if you are a daily commuter..suggest you invest in one of this too.

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Posted on: 27th May 2011 6:14 AM    Quote and Reply


I always make police report after each occassion. You may want to include the particulars/precise time that guy practice his ambushes, so a TP/LTA guy can be deployed to monitor him.

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Posted on: 27th May 2011 8:12 AM    Quote and Reply


Even if the TP do not act now, there will at least be a record against the license plate of the number.  Who knows, maybe some other cyclists/drivers had made reports on this chap before.  Strength in numbers!

Anyway, do take care on the roads, everyone! We have a long way to go...a long way before cyclists achieve equality on the roads.

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Posted on: 27th May 2011 3:53 PM    Quote and Reply


Sadly, there is nothing much the Police can do unless you have a video recording of the incident. You could report the license plate number and which company the van belongs to. (if its a company vehicle.) Or you can also post the license plate number here and blacklist him! This purpose act of trying to mow down cyclist is the reason I stop riding on the roads here. Usually, these dick headed drivers are only aggressive when in their vehicles. They are just pussies outside. Just whip out your phone and take a picture of him (or pretend to take.) or his vehicle license plate number at a traffic junction and he will most likely just pee in his pants.


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Posted on: 29th May 2011 12:48 AM    Quote and Reply


If you really feel that he did it on purpose, I think it'll be good to report him, even tho the police will not/cannot do anything to him now. But that's only help if you have his license plate number.

Your report might be able to contribute to the police investigation, if he hit some cyclist in the future and trying to deny and push the blame to the cyclist. Since this is not the first police record, the police might be able to see that the accident might actually be a motive attempt to knock a cyclist down. 

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Posted on: 22nd Nov 2018 3:54 PM    Quote and Reply


Hi!
I know this post is very old - hope you are still safe commuting on the roads here! Just wanted to show my support for this. As a bicycle commuter myself, I unforutnately face such situations repeatedly. I will report them to the police/LTA (and as mentioned by other commenters, the respective company if it is a company vehicle). So far, nothing has ever come out of this. 
I nonetheless would encourage you to keep doing it, because there is no point in giving up on the least we as cyclists can do to improve the situation: making our voices heard!
Sadly, almost 8 years later, not much seems to have changed with regards to this. 

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Posted on: 31st May 2019 11:27 AM    Quote and Reply


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"Formerly posted by csk1975: I currently commute daily to work in Singapore - unfortunately I have no choice but to ride 3-4kms on the road - the rest is on bike paths. I have multiple very bright flashing lights, a horn, a mirror and have ridden 10 of thousands of kms in many cities so have good road sense. But the drivers here scare me.

Today whilst riding past Marina Bay Sands a driver in a van deliberately tried to knock me over. Even though the road is 3 lanes wide, the driver didn't change lanes, he tailed me closely along Bayfront Ave trying to force me into the gutter whilst I was riding at ~35kmh, at the casino exit a taxi was half blocking the far left lane which forced the van driver to move into the middle lane. He then accelerated level with me and once level he turned hard left into the underground carpark entrance just after the casino exit and before the bus stop and ERP gantry. I understood his intentions and hit my brakes before he did this and I was able to narrowly miss the side of the van as I also turned into the entrance to avoid the collision. A casino security guard/traffic warden rushed over to see if I was ok, it was obviously very close.

There is no doubt that the driver did this intentionally. He accelerated level with me, he looked over his shoulder at me before he turned - this is why I had already hit my brakes before he turned - I could see what he was trying to do, and even though I hit my very loud horn as I braked and turned he just continued to turn and try and hit me.

In hindsight I should have just pulled into the first taxi entrance and onto the footpath - and not even got close to this driver. But as a vulnerable road user who follows the road rules and tries my level best to be visible, predictable and defensive I did not expect someone to use their vehicle as a weapon.

My question is - is it worth reporting this? If the driver's actions did not result in a crash and/or death or serious injury are the traffic police interested? Do reports about this sort of dangerous driving ever result in action being taken?

The thing is people who do these sorts of things don't do them in isolation, they are usually habitual in their actions. Maybe the next cyclist he tries to hit won't be able to avoid him."
A taxi did the same to me. Taxi driver's confessed alibi was that my road biek acceleration so fast about to undertake his taxi. This is unacceptable to him being undertaken by a bicycle. I called the Police to him from fleeing. The TP pretended could not find the accident location. The ambulance had to wait for almost 30 minutes for the TP to show up. Always make accident report. We never know what alibi they can give in their police report. In the event we need to make a claim, we have lodged police report for documentation.

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Posted on: 31st May 2019 6:50 PM    Quote and Reply


Singapore roads are very dangerous for cyclist as drivers here generally hate or have no regards for cyclist. So please install and invest in a cam back and front. 

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Posted on: 31st May 2019 7:36 PM    Quote and Reply


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"Formerly posted by Bluesky3000: Singapore roads are very dangerous for cyclist as drivers here generally hate or have no regards for cyclist. So please install and invest in a cam back and front. "
I no longer cycle to work, and/or during my work. So I can choose to avoid the day, place, time, with more motorised traffic around. I cycle to keep fit, and some places/route with lesser traffic than PCN (not even e-bike/e-scooter). 

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