Police Officer Distracted By Phone Hits Cyclist While Turning

Footage of a cyclist being crashed by a Ford Explorer patrol vehicle has found its way online, showing the police officer being distracted by his phone while executing a left turn.

The video was captured by the cyclist’s helmet camera and then uploaded by himself online. Luckily, the bicyclist walked away with only bruises, but like he says, his ride is “most likely toast”.

The local police officer assumed responsibility for the accident instantly, admitting that he was checking his phone instead of looking where he was going.

The cop then called in the Missouri state police to come down and report on the crash, as he couldn’t do it himself due to conflict of interest. The cyclist was checked out by paramedics and refused to go to the ER while the officer took a breathalyzer and urine test.

According to NHTSA, a staggering 3,450 people were killed from distracted driving in 2016, while it’s estimated that 481,000 drivers are using mobile phones while driving.

Studies found that sending or reading a text takes the driver’s eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55mph or about 90km/h, this equates to driving the length of an entire football field with the driver’s eyes closed.

Stay safe out there.

 

  • TrevP

    Ouch….Not good.

  • Jay

    Silly that some officers think they’re above the law and I’m glad no one was seriously hurt. I wonder if they gave em a ticket too..

  • ACM1899

    Is it me, or is the biker overly dramatic here (given that he did get driven into, but seemed like an insignificant impact…)

    • NoMan2015

      Overly dramatic after a POLICE OFFICER hits you because they’re too busy looking at their phone? You’re joking, right?

      • G82FS

        Yea, he was being dramatic. Most bike and motorcycle riders think that cars should watch out for them and take no responsibility. The unfortunate fact is that police officers, hell all emergency personnel, are required to look at screens while driving to get information in order to do their jobs.

        Not letting the officer off the hook at all though because he cut the corner too sharp, was not using his turn signal and was looking at his phone. So his fault absolutely, and he did not even try to deny it. But the bike rider had time to move, he just did not take the responsibility to do so because he obviously felt that he should not have to.

        • GoofyGotKilos

          Oh yeah he had time to move, haha found the cop in the thread.

          • G82FS

            No, just using common sense. What kind of bike do you ride?

        • Puddingpopper

          yea bikes move sideways easily

          • G82FS

            Yes, that one might weigh 6 or 7 pounds, maybe 10? Grab it and move right or just step to the right and let the bike fall. It is far less important than the rider.

          • Puddingpopper

            An miss out on the “never work again money” pshhh

          • Andrewthecarguy

            Speechless at the stupidity being conveyed here.
            Watch the video again. No one sits at an intersection expecting to be hit, especially when sitting squarely in his lane and scanning for vehicles. Cop comes directly for him like it was intentional.
            Apparently not speechless afterall 🙂

          • Doubting Thomas

            G8… doesn’t matter what the bike weighs, still not enough time to dismount the bike and move over to the right. Nor can you easily “step to the right” when you have a bike between your legs. Not to mention that he likely wasn’t expecting that car to come right at him, so there’s some delay time as you process what’s happening and then try to think of a course of action. With that car coming at him at 10-15 MPH there’s no time to take evasive action. If there were, I guarantee that cyclist would have done it rather than get hit.

        • Doubting Thomas

          He had zero time to move. I doubt you even ride, because it’s not that easy to move a bike sideways.

          • G82FS

            Sure, what kind of bike do you ride?

          • Doubting Thomas

            I ride a hybrid, and have a second bike for gravel. Neither one of them could I move to the side very quickly.

      • Brent Morrison

        Cyclist just wants to get an insurance payout… Greedy Americans. No need to mention he is sore after the accident. What a p u s s y.

        • Bo Hanan

          You sound like a foreign idiot. Of which country are you from?

      • S3XY

        Relax. You sound like my ex.

        • NoMan2015

          good for them. I’m perfectly calm. I’m sure you told your ex to relax too, because that’s so helpful…

    • Jason Panamera

      I guess that he would say more dirty words and call a cops if it wasn’t a cop who hit him. He acted pretty calm. We are all humans and we all act differently. It’s not Canada where biker in this situation would apologize police officer. Actually I was hoping for some shooting, but meh…

      • Perry F. Bruns

        I was gratified to see the cop call the cops, and from a different police force at that, to keep everything square and avoid conflicts of interest.

        That said, I wonder what would have happened had there not been video.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          This.
          Feel like I need to buy many video recording devices now. 🙁

        • Doubting Thomas

          By law (depends on the state, but likely the same everywhere) if an officer is involved in a traffic accident then another agency must be called to make the report.

    • Doubting Thomas

      Overly dramatic? I’d likely be using much worse language if I got hit like that.

  • Christian

    I’m so tired of these cyclists … Never watch where the cars are coming from and uses all space they can find…Hope he got ticket…

    • Liam Paul

      They need to stay off roads imo when their use of roads creates dangers for motorist. I have seen school buses full of children have to go around them in the other side of a road. What gives bicyclist the right to endanger children like that.

      • ChrisInIL

        This incident occurred in Missouri, which classifies bicycles as vehicles while on roadways. They do not need to stay off roads, and they aren’t a danger. They don’t endanger anyone. Not all vehicles on the roadway travel at exactly the same speed. Not all vehicles on the roadway have the same mass or inertia. They’re all different.

        The danger lies in beliving they are and driving like they are.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Tell them Chris!!!

      • Doubting Thomas

        Stay off roads? You do realize that bicycles have the legal right to use public roads too, don’t you? Where the heck are they supposed to ride if they can’t use roads? And the school bus full of children SHOULD pass in the oncoming lane (when it’s safe) just like when passing another motor vehicle.

    • charlotteharry57

      ME TOO! Local leaders here in Charlotte, NC are DETERMINED to keep us as a bike-friendly city. Then, a minute later, they’re figuring out ways to attract 500K MORE people in the next year or so. You can’t have unchecked growth and cyclists. One or the other. We have something called “24 hours of Booty” going on from this evening through tomorrow evening here, a bike race, that shuts down half of the city. ANNOYING! Build a bike dome, already! Like many other medium to large cities.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Whaaaaaaa????

  • Paul

    I notice the cyclist has a helmet cam. If he’d not been so busy trying to capture the moment he might not have have been hit.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Erm, what???

  • Liam Paul

    I am not going crucify the officer. Yes he should had not been on the phone but I think it’s safe to say 90% of people do the same stuff. The bike rider is ok and the cop was 100 % honest. I know it seems like I giving the cop a pass well i am because they put their lives in danger everyday and i honestly do not think bicyclist should be allowed on roads. Use bike paths and side walks.

    • mkole1964

      No. 1) Cops should set the example. 2) I don’t care what you hit “in/on the road”, it’s your fault. 3) If not for the helmet cam you don’t know that the cop was going to be 100% honest. 4) A cop that drives like that is putting OUR lives in danger. 5) If .001% of the people are doing the “same stuff” it’s too much.

    • Doubting Thomas

      Bicycles have every right to use public roads. Sidewalks are for pedestrians, and I’d be quite happy to use bike paths if there were any around where I live.

      Instead of insisting that bikes not be on public roads, slow the hell down for a few seconds and pass them safely.

  • Six_Tymes

    oh crap! you mean police are humans also?

  • cooper

    Thank God that cyclist had a cam going.

  • LJ

    The police officer is 100% to blame and should be punished accordingly. Glad he took responsibility for it.

    Having said that, why is the cyclist just sitting in the the road waiting to be hit?

    • willhaven

      Looks like he was making a left turn and waiting for traffic to pass.

  • Brent Morrison

    Isn’t the cyclist suppose to stay on the right side of the car lane?

    • willhaven

      Not if they’re making a left turn.

  • stelvio

    So is he still a police officer?

    • Jason Panamera

      Dunno if he should be suspended. Just few tickets and a fine would do a job. Like for other drivers. And of course a small suspension or whatever.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Not looking at your phone at all whilst driving could have avoided this.

  • Ruel Lewis

    This is irony if I’ve ever seen it. lol.

  • PhilMcGraw

    I don’t think Police Interceptors will have that kind of safety tech ever on their vehicles, only because if you think about it police need to use their vehicles to ram into other vehicles in order to stop them and those safety features would interfere with that.

    • LJ

      Not if you can switch them off.

      • PhilMcGraw

        Yes but that would require an officer to remember to switch them off during a high speed chase which may not always happen. Tunnel vision can occur in high stress situations and so you’re less likely to have the clear thinking needed to switch things on or off.

        • LJ

          Like lights/sirens?

      • Jay

        oh come on, you know they’d never use the switch. Officer “Hmm lets turn this on so that I can drive distracted” Nope…

        • LJ

          Wut?

          • Jay

            There wouldn’t be a switch because they are not supposed to drive distracted. Adding the switch would give them excuse to drive distracted.

  • S3XY

    One time my I went with my co-worker to grab lunch and she pulled out her phone while driving. I immediately snatched it out of her hand and told her if whatever is so important on your phone either pull over, or have me do it, but you’re not driving me if you’re not paying attention 100%.

    After that she put it down, and then had become aroused.

  • MD

    There is no debate here. 100% the cop’s fault and he admitted it and did the right thing to bring in state police. The cyclist was in shock and panic and that’s why he flipped out. his adrenaline was probably going through the roof.

    It was an accident caused by carelessness where the person at fault did the right thing.

    You can find reasons to hate cyclists and you can find reasons to hate cops, but I don’t find either in this video.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Sad for both of them.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    “…sue the police and that cop.”
    How do you do this??

  • Doubting Thomas

    At least the cop admitted fault and didn’t try to blame the cyclist for whatever reason.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Shame… that’s a really nice bike.

  • badcyclist

    Someone actually took responsibility for their own misbehavior? That is news.

  • Christopher

    I hope the officer buys the guy a new bike. With better everything that it had on it.

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