Editor’s comment: The answer is to film these road rages

PUBLISHED: 11:30 18 September 2017

Met Police delayed 999 response. Picture: MET POLICE

Met Police delayed 999 response. Picture: MET POLICE


Only a few years ago people were complaining about the growing numbers of CCTV cameras and the impact that could have on civil liberties.

Now we barely give a thought to how many times we are caught on camera as we go about our daily lives – unless we get caught speeding!

And we are relying more and more on video evidence through dashcams and helmet cams when we feel we have been unfairly treated or worse, a victim of crime.

Dr Naila Imran was subjected to a scary anti-Muslim tirade of abuse by a motorcyclist in Romford but, without video evidence, police told her they could not prosecute the racist thug.

Understandably, she is very frustrated. Because this man got away with his Islamophobic rant, he will probably do it again and other victims will probably not bother to report it.

And it fuels the Muslim community’s feeling that their experiences of abuse are not treated with the same seriousness as the white community.

It is hard to see what the police could do without any evidence against the racist motorcyclist but clearly Dr Imran did not feel she had been treated sympathetically.

Of course, such incidents are not confined to any one community.

The answer for all of us is to film such road rage incidents, either with our phones or via dashcams etc – easier said than done when you are shocked and scared.

If Dr Imran had filmed her experience, the man could have been prosecuted.

Gradually, if all road users get used to the thought that they might be being recorded, behaviour might improve and innocent people going about their lawful business won’t have to put up with such shocking and ignorant abuse.

It will also, hopefully, provide evidence against the moped yobs who have been causing nuisance and vandalism on the borough’s roads.

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