Dashcam captures driver's close call on Hogbin Drive

A LOCAL man's decision to arm himself with a dashcam has paid off after another vehicle veered across his lane on Hogbin Dr, almost causing an accident.

Garth Howard was travelling north on August 19 when a southbound vehicle suddenly crossed in front of his, leaving the road near the motorcycle club.

Mr Howard said he was only one or two seconds away from a head-on collision with the other vehicle.

"I was just driving into town when out of nowhere, this car pulls across my lane and off the side of the road," Mr Howard said.

"I've seen some things in my time but that was something.

"I estimate probably four metres from the front of my vehicle to when they were closest to me."

The Cancer Council volunteer said the dashcam was rolling every time he was behind the wheel, "just in case".

"I've seen people do some pretty silly things on the roads around here," he said.

"I'd had a bit of trouble with people doing stupid things, especially at roundabouts, and knowing I wasn't at fault I decided to get a dashcam as a bit of an insurance.

"Now I won't drive anywhere without it on."

Mr Howard said he hadn't turned the footage over to the police because the other driver's number plate wasn't clearly visible.

Dashcams have become a popular way for drivers to legally protect themselves in accidents or road rage incidents, with cameras now available for as little as $30.

How many times a week do you see drivers on the Coffs Coast almost causing accidents?

This poll ended on 02 September 2016.

Current Results

Hardly ever

8%

A couple of times a week

42%

Every day

49%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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