A motorist almost causing a head-on crash after overtaking on a narrow road, another ignoring a red light and a third driving the wrong way around a roundabout are examples of some of the worst cases of dangerous driving being highlighted in Wales.
The footage of the drivers captured on dashcam is being shared by GoSafe in the hopes of making people think again before taking “careless and dangerous risks” on the road.
GoSafe has this week launched a new section on its website called Snapped! which follows on from a longer running operation called Operation Snap, which encourages the public to submit evidence of poor driving to the police.
It is a new page designed to share some of what it describes as “the very worst examples of dangerous driving” that have been submitted by the public.
Three clips have been uploaded so far, including one of dangerous driving in west Wales, where a motorist travelling along the A495 looks to overtake a car and and narrowly misses a head on crash with another vehicle.
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There’s an incident in north Wales which saw the driver fail to stop at a red light before narrowly avoiding a collision with a pedestrian, whilst another example in Aberport Road in south Wales sees a driver travel counter-clockwise around a roundabout and onto the wrong side of the road.
Each has since been dealt with in court and handed heavy fines and penalty points on their licence.
GoSafe partnership manager Teresa Ciano said: “Whilst most drivers are safe and considerate, some of the footage we are sent shows a shocking lack of care by a minority and on several occasions a collision is only narrowly avoided.
“Snapped! aims to highlight some of the offences we have seen and highlight to the public the consequences of dangerous or careless driving.
“Our decision to share some of these clips is to make those few motorists think about their own behaviour and attitudes when on the roads, and to think twice before taking a risk.
“For the people who take the time to send us the footage, they’ve been the witness to this irresponsible behaviour and are playing their part in reporting it.
“By being prepared to present evidence against the driver/rider, it can mean these people lose their right to hold a license – without these dangerous drivers on our roads, we hope to see a reduction in collisions on Welsh roads.
“Of the fatal collisions in Wales, over 40% had a causation factor where the driver/rider made an error – if we could just reduce that risky behaviour before a collision occurs, that could save lives.
“We can all play a part in make our roads safer for everyone, and hopefully these clips showing the worst behaviours will inspire more people to choose safety over risk.”
You can visit GoSafe’s new Snapped! website here.
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