BBC Pulls Video of Talivan Causing Crash

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
bbc pulls video of talivan causing crash

Critics have long maintained that "safety cameras" (a.k.a. no-armed bandits) cause crashes. Unsuspecting drivers stumble upon a camera, hit the brakes hard and BAM! Rear-end collision. This is especially likely for motorists who suddenly catch sight of camera vans (a.k.a. "Talivans"). Well duh. The whole point of these infernal machines is to catch motorists "off guard." Otherwise, well, they wouldn't [s]make any money[/s] catch any speeders, would they? But scientific studies and common sense will only take you so far, hearts and minds-wise. What could really turn the tide is a video of a Talivan-caused crash. And the BBC had just such a video. Only they pulled it. Which has pissed off the Association of British Drivers no end. "The video was first shown on BBC News 24 on Monday 21st April when it was bizarrely used to illustrate a misleading story claiming that 'speeding' is by far the biggest cause of accidents. The video later appeared on the BBC News website at this address:, but by the next day it had mysteriously disappeared." ABD member Keith Jones said Auntie Beeb told him that the video is missing from their website "because of a technical problem." They don't know when it will be fixed and "do not provide feedback on progress." So much for tax-payer funding guaranteeing the BBC's editorial independence, transparency or accountability. Not that it ever did, mind.

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  • Orian Orian on Apr 30, 2008

    It's not so much the speed as attentiveness to driving. You see it all the time on the highway - someone see something and slams on the brakes - it could be anything - and the next thing you know you have a three or four car pileup. The cameras are the thing they are seeing at the last minute. I'm curious about the circumstances regarding the video since it was pulled so quickly. Call me crazy, but I bet the Talivan in question was doing something shady to encourage speeding or an accident.

  • Geeber Geeber on Apr 30, 2008

    I see that the "we-have-to-destroy-the-village-in-order-to-save-it" mentality is alive and well. It has just been transferred to the traffic enforcement arena.

  • Ralph SS Ralph SS on Apr 30, 2008

    They will probably find that video right next to the one of their reporter standing near ground zero, reporting the collapse of WTC 7 with the building still standing in the background.

  • Dolo54 Dolo54 on Apr 30, 2008

    Ohhh Ralph you'd better watch it. Carnivore will be all over you like a cheap suit! That video was "file footage" in the background. And FEMA was at the WTC the night before for a scheduled training session. Nothing to see here, move along.