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Police say GoPro could be useful tool for motorcyclists

4 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Monday, February 02 2015 Feb 2, 2015 February 02, 2015 5:44 PM February 02, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ambria Washington

DENHAM SPRINGS - Police say motorcycle riders should consider wearable cameras as a useful safety measure after a dangerous hit-and-run over the weekend.

GoPro cameras are a usually considered a fun tool for photography enthusiasts, used to capture special moments and adventures, but for motorcyclists like Casey Brooks they see it in a different way.

"I've purchased the GoPro because I've seen a lot of people that ride bikes that people pull out in front of them and their immediate response is that 'Oh well the bike was speeding or he was doing something wrong'," said Brooks. "Well i have a wife and a family and if something happens to me on that bike I want them to be able to prove that it wasn't my fault."

The camera proved itself this weekend after police say a driver intentionally hit Brooks' son Alex knocking him off his bike. Denham Springs officers were able to use the GoPro video as evidence.

"We had a road rage incident where one of the subjects had a GoPro camera on his helmet, and that's under current review right now trying to pull a plate number off that camera," said Denham Springs Detective Glenn Lemoine.

Last year, 77 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in Louisiana. Officers say it makes sense for motorcyclists to invest in a GoPro camera for their protection.

"If you have an incident on the highway, whether it be road rage or due to a possible crash involving motorcycles which we see way to often," said Lemoine. "A lot of times there are no independent witnesses and obviously if there's not and if you got a GoPro camera on your helmet that can actually be vital to the investigation in law enforcement."


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