Video: Dashboard camera catches close shave on A11
14:17 27 October 2014
Dashboard camera footage of a driver’s dangerous manoeuvre on the A11 has been described as “frightening” by the man who captured it.
Tony Seva, from Attleborough, was travelling back home from Norwich on September 27 when he recorded a driver in a blue Ford Focus swerving between lanes at more than 50mph.
And while a technical problem meant the footage can not be used as evidence to prosecute the driver, it has sparked a call from Norfolk Police’s top roads officer for driver’s to submit video to help them trace reckless drivers.
The video shows the view from Mr Seva’s windscreen as he approaches the BP near Attleborough and prepares to overtake a slow-moving tractor in the inside lane.
Moments before he is side-by-side with the tractor, the Ford Focus darts between the two vehicles, careening towards the central reservation, before veering back into the outside lane, causing a vehicle ahead to swerve out of his way.
Mr Seva said he and his wife, who was in the car with him, were “shocked” by the incident.
“The guy roared passed us and we never got a chance to look at him but it gave us both a fright,” he said.
Mr Seva handed the video over to policewitness.com, a company that helps victims of traffic incidents.
The company passed on the footage to Norfolk Police, in the hope of catching the driver.
But officers were unable to use the footage as evidence as Mr Seva had not calibrated the time and date settings on it at that point.
However, Mr Seva did say officers contacted him to say they had tracked down the driver to have “a very strong word with him”.
He said: “I’d only just got the camera so I hadn’t had a chance to set it up properly, so it was a shame the police couldn’t do anything.
“I’d love to see him get some points though, if I’m honest.”
Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of Roads Policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, said he could not comment on the incident due to not knowing the “full circumstances”, and because of the incorrect date and time on the camera.
However, he said the use of dashboard cameras could help police.
“There is now an increasing use of dash cams by drivers and this footage in certain circumstances can be vital in our enquiries particularly when investigating serious or fatal collisions; however, due to evidential requirements it is not always possible to proceed with many of the recordings where evidence of more minor incidents have been captured.
“It is necessary to be able to prove date, time and location of the offence as well as tracing the driver of the vehicle. It could also be necessary for the person providing the recording to have to attend court to produce the footage.”
He added: “Should members of the public record events leading up to or actually showing a collision, we would ask them to hold on to that footage and respond to any witness appeal we may make in relation to that particular incident.”
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