A shocking video of a young black bear running across a highway and into the path of an oncoming motorcycle has RCMP reminding drivers of the importance of obeying speed limits.
RCMP Traffic Services in B.C. released the video, taken from the motorcyclist’s helmet-mounted camera, to educate the public about following the rules of the road and driving defensively so they are prepared to react to any event.
In the video taken June 30, the unidentified motorcyclist is travelling on Highway 7 and appears to suddenly speed up from zero to more than 140 km/h in under 20 seconds. The road appears to be empty with no other vehicles.
At the same time, a train can be seen riding the rails along the side of the highway in the motorcyclist’s peripheral vision.
Soon after, a young black bear quickly enters the camera view, seemingly scared by the train as it darts across the highway directly in front of the motorcycle.
The motorcyclist attempts to avoid the collision, but is unable to stop in time. The video goes blurry as the driver is violently ejected from the bike.
Cpl. Robert McDonald of E Division Traffic Services said the video is a “perfect example” of how dangerous motorcycles can be at high speeds.
“The video clearly shows nobody else on the road, and a nice clear, dry day,” McDonald said in a statement. “Who would expect a bear to run across the road?”
Fraser Valley RCMP traffic officers responded to the crash. Investigators quickly discovered the video camera and seized the helmet and video.
According to RCMP, the bear walked away from the crash, but the motorcyclist, who sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries, needed medical attention.
The video shows the crash was caused by distracted driving and excessive speed, with the driver clearly focused on watching his odometer and travelling at a high speed that did not allow him to stop in time, according to police.
RCMP hope the video will help drivers realize the importance of slowing down and concentrating on the complicated task of driving a vehicle.
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