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Video: Dashboard camera catches close shave on A11

14:17 27 October 2014

Screenshot from a Youtube video of dangerous driving on the A11. Picture: Supplied

Screenshot from a Youtube video of dangerous driving on the A11. Picture: Supplied

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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.”

Has a dashboard camera helped you in an insurance claim or criminal case? Let us know by emailing andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

13 comments

  • This is some of the fun we will see when we have the publicised crackdown on people not driving in the left hand lane when it is "clear". Look at the car in front of the Focus, at what point did the driver think that they might have to overtake the tractor?

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    JohnnyH

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Say you leave your car with a garage or an airport parking firm or anyone else who may have access to drive it. Say one of those people then drives it in a dangerous manner like this and is caught on someone's dash cam. You wouldn't want to find yourself being prosecuted for dangerous driving just because someone has caught your car on film being driven dangerously when it was someone else behind the wheel. A time stamp on the video is necessary so you can show your garage receipts or parking receipts or whatever is necessary to prove you weren't driving the car should it have been someone else driving it and committing the offence.

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    Benjamin Ashworth

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Shouldn't the car with the dashboard camera have been in the left hand lane given that it wasn't overtaking anything for ages? I'm not condoning what the Focus did as it was reckless, but the car was taking an absolute age to catch even the tractor up and unless people behind undertook him then they were stuck at his speed. I imagine seeing the tractor ahead was the last straw and the Focus got fed up.

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    oo_arrr

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Why are people being defensive about a terrible piece of driving and trying to shift the blame

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    Serious Dan

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • agree with you Richard about mirrors - obviously no spacial awareness if he was shocked to suddenly see the blue car. I do not see the blue car "careening towards the central reservation, before veering back into the outside lane, causing a vehicle ahead to swerve out of his way" . Some drivers ability is better than others and I do not see the blue car out of control - if the gap is there and you can safely go for it within your ability then go for it!

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    PeterM

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Did'nt he see the blue Focus coming in his mirror ?

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    richard

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • yes the driver was not looking ahead to see what was happening about 100 yards down the road ahead of him like a lot of drivers only look to the end of there bonnet that why there are so many smack ups but I do think that slow moving vehicles should be band from using dual carriageway that do cause a lot of problems

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    dhss-on

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • The police aren't really interested in near misses, only footage leading up to or during an accident, as stated in the article. The CPS wouldn't touch this with a barge pole either because of the lack of a time and date and no actual collision taking place. Unfortunately you can't arrest somebody for being a numb nut (yet).

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    frank young

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • FredJ that's a very good point. Do you ever watch TV programmes like road wars or Cops, or even Police Interceptors? I've noticed many a time the so called criminal is caught in the act, the police have evidence as its all filmed but you then get the update that so and so appeared in court and the case was dropped due to lack of evidence? How much evidence does our police force actually need to charge someone, surely video evidence would be enough?

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    Sayitlikeitis

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • FredJ that's a very good point. Do you ever watch TV programmes like road wars or Cops, or even Police Interceptors? I've noticed many a time the so called criminal is caught in the act, the police have evidence as its all filmed but you then get the update that so and so appeared in court and the case was dropped due to lack of evidence? How much evidence does our police force actually need to charge someone, surely video evidence would be enough?

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    Sayitlikeitis

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • I'm assuming by 'technical problem" they are reffering to the lack of time and date? if that is the case then shame on them.... It clearly indicated reckless driving and speeding....does it matter what day it iswas?. Fine and ban the driver and send them on a speed awareness course. people hand the authorities evidence but it still isn't 'enough". WHY????

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    FredJ

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Assuming it is a man.

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    Sayitlikeitis

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • And it's because of these kind of idiots these barrier wires need removing!!!!! I really hope the police see this and do something about that driver, they've got the evidence, he (and many other drivers like him) should be banned!!!

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    Sayitlikeitis

    Monday, October 27, 2014

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