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Old 06-10-2010, 09:41 AM   #1
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Police: Use cameras to combat the motorcycle menace

Well... ya'll asked for it, you got it...

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Polic...-95995464.html

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Motorcycles can get up to 55 miles a gallon, which makes them an economical ride. But groups of cyclists getting cheap thrills on North Texas highways are becoming a public menace.

While the wheelies and weaving through traffic might be thrilling enough for the motorcyclists to brag about on YouTube, the crazy stunts are terrorizing North Texas drivers.

"I'd say there were 20 or 30, going 90 to 100 mph," said witness Jenny Kennedy.

"They'd pass and then the next one and then the next cluster and the next cluster and the next cluster. And at some point, I called 911," said Brenda Kozakis.

Kozakis and a friend were taking children home from Six Flags recently when they were surrounded by buzzing bikes.

"It just makes you think that you're a split-second away from either killing somebody or being killed," Kozakis said.

Law enforcement authorities call them motorcycle gangs, and while their numbers might not be growing, their boldness is -- perhaps because new toll roads make for enticingly long stretches of open highway.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonnie Haschel calls them a menace, and -- unfortunately -- nearly impossible to catch.

"They really do present a safety hazard -- to themselves as well as the motoring public," Haschel said.

Police cruisers simply can't go as fast as most motorcycles.

Authorities say your best response is to be a defensive driver.

They're also asking passengers in the car (not drivers!) to do a little video-taping of their own, with cell phones or digital cameras. Police specifically want close-ups of license plates, so a legal case can be made for reckless driving.

"I wonder how many of those motorcyclists have family on the road at that time and how they would feel about it if somebody they knew was made quadriplegic from this action? How would that live with that? That would be pretty devastating," Haschel said.

Brenda Kozakis and Jenny Kennedy say they felt lucky to escape the motorcycle onslaught without crashing.
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what if someone gets you and you license plate for the heck of it. or just say he was speeding who can prove that. look like a another money grab.
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what if someone gets you and you license plate for the heck of it. or just say he was speeding who can prove that. look like a another money grab.
If you consider where the article came from... I don't think so. I imagine they'll probably be busting down on people with tucked plates too.
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Well... ya'll asked for it, you got it...

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Polic...-95995464.html
Why the would anybody asked to be video taped unknowingly?
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Paniro, I can see where you're coming from. But if you're gonna be acting like a fool and endangering other people, then you deserve to be punished.

They already have those red light cam bullshit and other speed cams, and I've never been accidently ticketed, so I'll take my chances.
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what if someone gets you and you license plate for the heck of it. or just say he was speeding who can prove that. look like a another money grab.
They aren't going to get people that are cruising. If you blow by them you aren't going to get a good video or pic anyways. This is only going to pick up idiots doing wheelies and reckless stuff on the freeway. Plus, if you are speeding, and they can get a clear shot of your license plate, that would have to get the car driver a ticket as well. Either way, I have no problem with this. Save the crazy stuff for the track or parking lot.
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Why the would anybody asked to be video taped unknowingly?
http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=143829


Now, does it make more sense?




...does have me wondering if we'll see some Pd's trying to incorporate some high speed bikes for pursuit at some point.
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I wonder if they want pics. of license plates of soccer moms who are texting.
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The question here is: How many bikers will get run over because the driver was videotaping while driving? I know it says "passenger, not driver" but srsly?
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It be kinda hard to get plate when they doing wheelies @ 80+ and even harder if the plates are tucked in ... I can see those kick plates becoming more and more popular amoung the highway stunnerz...
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I don't know about this one. It might sound like a great idea, but dangerous at the same time. Which one seem more dangerous to you? Riding a wheelie or driving while video taping someone doing a wheelie and not paying attention to the road. If there is another person video taping, it'll be fine. Then again, the driver still have to get really close to the motorcyle.
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I say leave the policing to the police. If you have a concern call 911.
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Did you watch the video? That's what they want, if a passenger can get a video or photo, more the better. They want to, intend to start cracking down on the 'motorcycle problem' in 'northern texas'... ie: Dallas.
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I wonder if they want pics. of license plates of soccer moms who are texting.
thats more of a "menace" than anything out there. , we all know women cant drive to begin with. but once you add a cell phone into the equation...
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thats more of a "menace" than anything out there. , we all know women cant drive to begin with. but once you add a cell phone into the equation...
Texting doesn't make me nearly as angry as watching someone read a book while driving. I notice that a lot when I ride. I watched one woman a couple weeks ago make a right hand turn and never looked up from her book. she cut through the corner, both passenger wheels off the road, and never put the book down to look.
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Texting doesn't make me nearly as angry as watching someone read a book while driving. I notice that a lot when I ride. I watched one woman a couple weeks ago make a right hand turn and never looked up from her book. she cut through the corner, both passenger wheels off the road, and never put the book down to look.
or putting on their make up. or plucking their eyebrows. or digging their miley cyrus cd out of the glove box. or, or....
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All this informational arms race is pretty much one sided.

We need to come up with some of our own.
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