Dash Cam video shows driver almost crashing outside school


The clip was filmed by a parent who claimed the car almost hit her son as she dropped him off for school. As traffic stops at a busy junction in the heart of rush hour, the red SUV appears out of nowhere from the left. Speeding over the pavement, the vehicle narrowly misses the row of stationary vehicles and a lamppost. The vehicle then swings back into the road just as the cars in front disperse, avoiding a potentially heavy accident by inches.

The road rage incident happened outside the Penyrheol Comprehensive School in Swansea just minutes before classes were due to start.

Speaking to Wales Online, the parent said she often saw children using the path and crossing the road to get to the school.

She added: “My son wanted to get out of the car where I was to save me going into the school car park.

“I said no as it was safer for me to drop him into the car park as I’d rather wait a few extra minutes than him be knocked over. Fortunately, he listened or he would have been knocked over.

“I was just shocked and annoyed, to be honest. No matter what the emergency, there’s no need to put anyone’s lives at risk like this.”

South Wales Police have said the incident will be investigated by officers.

The Highways Code states drivers must not drive across or over a pavement except to gain access to their house or in an emergency.

The code also states motorists must not drive dangerously or without care and attention. Reasonable consideration for other road users is also a key part of the rulebook.

Careless driving offences were strengthened in 2013, meaning officers can now issue immediate fines to drivers of minor incidents.

The footage comes just weeks after Metropolitan Police officers admitted they had successfully prosecuted thousands of individuals by using public dash cam footage.

Tools for drivers to upload camera footage was first introduced last year, with the scheme now fully up and running.

The force said over 2,000 bad drivers had been convicted in the last six months using the technology after prosecution teams identified around 4,000 cases.

Crimes caught using the cameras include driving without care and attention, using a mobile phone and passing through a red traffic light.

The Metropolitan Police have urged more drivers to upload camera footage to be analysed after the scheme has seen a spike in reporting of road offences.

The Nextbase service allows footage to be uploaded across local police regions, but not all constabularies have signed up to the portal.

Drivers who live in these regions can still upload a witness statement and video but must contact local police stations by email or on 101 to report the incident. 



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