Dashcam footage captures moment ute almost takes out elderly drivers

Dashcam footage captures moment ute almost takes out elderly drivers in Newcastle


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The nail-biting near miss occurred at the Carrington roundabout on Hannell Street Wickham on Wednesday evening.

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DAVE Brazier could not believe his eyes when a ute shot out in front of his car and almost took out the vehicle travelling next to him.

The Newcastle resident, who spent several years on the roads as a bus driver, caught the entire incident on dashcam.

The nail-biting near miss occurred at the Carrington roundabout on Hannell Street Wickham on Wednesday evening.

“I was on my way home and the traffic was pretty busy,” Mr Brazier said.

“I really hate that roundabout because when I was a police student I attended a fatal accident there.

“It is a particularly busy section of the road and it gives me the heebie-jeebies.”

Mr Brazier said the ute driver seemed “completely oblivious” to the other cars on the road and drove straight into oncoming traffic.

DASHCAM: The nail-biting near miss occurred at the Carrington roundabout on Hannell Street Wickham. See the full video of the traffic mayhem at theherald.com.au. Picture: Dave Brazier

DASHCAM: The nail-biting near miss occurred at the Carrington roundabout on Hannell Street Wickham. See the full video of the traffic mayhem at theherald.com.au. Picture: Dave Brazier

“The people in the blue car were elderly, but luckily they had their wits about them,” he said.

“They stopped in a matter of seconds. If they hadn’t done that it would have been a lot worse.”

The incident was the last straw for Mr Brazier who said he sees disgruntled commuters do dangerous things at least three times a week. He wanted to release the video as a reminder to motorists to pay attention, drive safely and expect the unexpected.

His words were echoed by Senior Sergeant Tony Grace from Hunter Highway Patrol.

“The vast majority of accidents are local people going about their local business,” Sergeant Grace said.

“We go to a lot of accidents that involve people on their daily commute. 

“They are doing dangerous things because of impatience.

“Is it worth being one minute early at the risk of injuring yourself or others?

“In most cases you are racing to the next red light.”

Sergeant Shane Dawes from Newcastle Highway Patrol pushed home the message that drivers need to be more aware of the ramifications of their poor decisions on the roads.

“Ask yourself who is the safest driver you know,” he said.

“If it’s not you, then change your actions.”

  • Residents who capture serious traffic offences on video are encouraged to take the footage to their local police station and lodge a report. 

Newcastle Herald

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