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Jul 23, 2013 2:10 PM by Janine Reyes

Police Suggest Cameras for Cyclists

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Safety conscious cyclists are used to wearing a lot of gear when they hit the road. Now, Corpus Christi police are suggesting they add backward facing cameras to that list. It's all part of an effort to help police track down hit and run drivers.

Tom Neagli is an avid cyclist, owner of Bay Area Bicycles and a member of the city's traffic advisory board. "I ride in packs and I feel safer in a pack."

He also knows that way too many cyclists have fallen victim to hit and run drivers in Corpus Christi.

Richard Leshin suffered broken vertebrae and an ankle injury in March when he was hit along Ocean Drive. It took almost two weeks to track down a suspect in the case. The investigation of the alleged hit and run driver, 87-year-old Pat Suter, hasn't gone before a grand jury yet.

"The odds are with them that they're not going to get caught," said Neagli about finding drivers who don't stop.

But with more and more crimes caught on camera, things are no different on the roads and Neagli's thought of getting a camera, just in case.

"It goes right underneath the seat, and what it does, it just films right behind you," Neagli showed us.

While some cyclists used to use cameras like the GoPro just to document their adventures, many are having to mount them to the back of their bikes that way if someone hits them and doesn't stop, its all caught on camera.

It's good quality too, we shot GoPro video and captured the same traffic on our news camera, and in both the make and model are perfectly clear.

It could be a helpful tool for police.

Of course if the driver simply stops, that solves a lot of problems. "Stop and give them aid, call the police, and everything is taken care of, but, when you run, its devastating," Neagli said.

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