A few weeks ago, IT guy Chris from school came down to the crosswalk in the morning to "film the speeders". Apparently the school is lobbying for a camera down there. Not necessarily a red-light-runner camera, but just a surveillance camera for just in case something goes awry.
He didn't have much luck recording speeders. I noticed while he was there all out in the open with his camera and tripod, the traffic behaved quite well. I think it was the effect of having a guy on the side of the road with a video camera.
So I did a little psychological study. Now, I've brought the helmet cam to the crosswalk before. I've always sort of had the thing hidden, but this morning, I brought it with me and stood loud and proud, helmet cam a-recording!
Yep, just as predicted, it had the same affect as when Chris was there. People noticed. They slowed down. They probably didn't like me.
As I stood there with the camera up next to my eyeball for all to see, I realized I could probably wield a cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper and get the same results. It's not the fact that they're being filmed that makes the motorists behave, it's the possibility that they're being filmed.
I used to give some of them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they were unfamiliar with the area and just didn't notice the flashing lights and the big fluorescent signs and me (really?). But now I realize that most of them just don't give a hoot.
What's worse, distracted ignorance or shameless disregard?
Thing is, I got so caught up in my "study", I even distracted myself! At least my friend NinjaBoy got me back on task.