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Old 12-18-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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WA cops now ride unmarked bikes

Just read this :
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/wa...219-2zmxd.html

I thought the WA politicians had stopped the use of motorbikes all together - seems they decided to go unmarked.

I'm in two minds about this thou. - is a good thing to hassle the dangerous car drivers, I just wonder if they'll pick on the lane splitting motorbikes.

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Old 12-18-2013, 08:13 PM   #2
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Helmet cams.

Well knock me down with a feather.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:16 PM   #3
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Just read this :
http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/wa...219-2zmxd.html

I thought the WA politicians had stopped the use of motorbikes all together - seems they decided to go unmarked.

I'm in two minds about this thou. - is a good thing to hassle the dangerous car drivers, I just wonder if they'll pick on the lane splitting motorbikes.

Gaz
The story I heard is that they're looking for mobile phone users at red lights. They will be backed up by marked bikes that will offer raffle tickets.

I'm sure I heard they are looking at buying BMW F800GS and F700's
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:16 PM   #4
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That must mean their's no issue (legally) with using helmet cams in WA
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:28 PM   #5
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Helmet cams.

Well knock me down with a feather.
Wouldn't that be modifying the helmet and rendering it illegal to use on a public road?

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=940437
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:56 PM   #6
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Sorry if linky doesn't work.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

Basically heard the commish on the wireless this morning say that they will catch people on the cams and radio ahead to a waiting bike / car. Will be targeting texters etc.

Will be fun once the cagers hear about this to whack on a hi-vis vest and mount a helmet cam to see how much nicer joe public is around you on the bike.
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Old 12-19-2013, 12:24 AM   #7
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most coppers over here, whether they be on a bike or a car, have a camera of some kind, these days it is as much for there own defence as it is for evidence. They are their personal cameras not issued. They can be in a pen in the pocket or vest.

The yank age of litigation is upon us and there are bottom feeders out there that will defend scum for a slice of the pie
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:18 AM   #9
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When they say unmarked bikes, do they just mean "without hiviz decals and police lettering", or do they mean without any flashing lights sirens etc whatsoever"? I'm not an expert but it seems funny that they would do the latter - you only would need a few good small LED units to light up a bike pretty well, and unlit they'd hardly be visible to 98% of road users.

But then again you could probably have a marked police elephant and half the people at the traffic lights would be too busy texting to notice.
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I'd rather have the yank age of litigation than the old days when dodgy cops were never held to account for their dodgy actions. Luckily, the increased use of cameras in the normal course of police business kills both birds with one stone: dodgy cops will get caught on camera more, good cops will find it easier to prove that false allegations are exactly that.
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:46 AM   #10
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Unless all riders are wearing hi-viz vests they won't be too hard to spot in traffic. Qld popo have had unmarked bikes for some time.





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Old 12-19-2013, 02:11 AM   #11
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Now why would you mount the camera's on the side like that... cutting out half the picture...

Maybe they only look to the right lol
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:07 AM   #12
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Vic Unmarked Bikes

Vic has unmarked bikes, seen them riding in pairs on the Great Alpine Road between Myrtleford and Porepunkah, no hi vis, just dark riding gear and they mingle in with bunches of riders and pick off the speeders. Pretty discreet.
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:28 AM   #13
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Looks like ill be wearing my hi viz this Christmas
Confuse the f$&@- out of the texters
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:13 PM   #14
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WA bike coppers are pretty good about most stuff that tends to flare the nostrils of the righteously indignant.
They filter between lanes on big flashy cop bikes, even while traffic is moving. They don't mind shooting across intersections 3 in a row from between lanes at the lights when they go green. They even have a tendency to go around roundabouts at the posted speed quite successfully, not needing to slow down much.

Obviously they get bloody pissed off at young chicks texting in hatchbacks cutting them off too............
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:36 PM   #15
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This is awesome, getting myself a hi-vis orange vest and going to enjoy cage drivers LOOKING for me for a change!!
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