August 08, 2018

Firefighter's dashcam caught the moment he almost ran over a boy on a bike

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An accident can happen in the blink of an eye, but thankfully for this child, the driver was sticking to the speed limit. 

Robert Allen, a firefighter employed at the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, caught shocking footage on his dashcam of the moment a child suddenly cycles out in the front of his car. 

After much deliberation, he shared the short video clip on social media to serve as a reminder that drivers ought to remain vigilant and obey the speed limit. 

He used the hashtag "never chance it." Follow our Twitter account @amomama_usa for similar reports and don't forget to scroll down for the video. 

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Allen explained in the post that "a child rode out in front of me, across the dual track, without looking." He added: 

"I wasn't sure whether to post this, but if it stops a child from being killed on the road it's worth it!"

In another tweet two days later, Allen said that he met with the child and his mother and that a "very positive conversation followed." 

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He reiterated that the reason for posting was to raise safety awareness and remind both drivers and children to obey the rules of the road.

It was never his intention to "name and shame" the child, and the Fire & Rescue Service commended Allen for his quick response and advanced driving skills. 

To prevent serious injury or the loss of life, Kid's Health suggests that children wear helmets at all times, no matter the duration of the ride. 

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A bike helmet should fit snugly, the forehead should be covered, and the straps have to be fastened properly. 

Children are advised to wear bright colors and be cognizant of their surroundings, especially when cycling near a road or crossing traffic. 

Road rules must always be obeyed and bike lanes used where available. Children should also be aware of parked vehicles as doors can open at any time.  

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