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#41 JustMe

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Posted 29 July 2015 - 01:31 PM

Yes that was also highly illegal and the driver certainly ought to be spoken to by Police Scotland.



#42 George.

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Posted 29 July 2015 - 02:33 PM

Why should she know better just because she's "local" and a "doctors wife"

 

I think he means she should have known better because she was a local, i.e. knows the road and where it was unsafe to overtake,

 

She should have known better because she has supposedly passed her driving test. Therefore, she should have the sense not to overtake on a blind corner - local or otherwise.


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#43 Urabug

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Posted 29 July 2015 - 03:01 PM

Must get a camera :thmbsup  



#44 BigMouth

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 11:41 AM

I would like to say on the whole how excellent I find the driving standards up here, especially when I am on my bike.  People usually give me loads of room.  OK I would admit that there is the odd prat that seems to get far too close, but the handlebar mounted camera should sort that out when I "name and shame them" on YouTube.  Thanks to all of the drivers that give me plenty of room.

 

Of course there are amusing situations like the Co-op roundabout where three drivers turn up at the same time and all look at each other for a few minutes before one summons up the wit to go.  The 3 Stooges are bound to meet at some time on an island this small.  Why not arrive at the roundabout intending to go?  Yes, standards of indicating is crap here, but then it is everywhere.  It seems to be worse the more expensive the car.  Shetland has its own parking rules.  Double yellow lines evidently mean no parking on the road here, but it's OK to drive up onto the pavement, the safe haven for pedestrians.  Of course where standards need to be raised, we really need the input of Plod, but traffic is obviously beneath them.

 

Priorities, priorities, them doughnuts won't eat themselves you know :rofl:


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#45 BGDDisco

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 09:55 AM

Last night's commute home included...

 

https://youtu.be/iEQo6s7lX5s

 

Showing this video to work colleagues, and they all think I should pass it to the police. To quote one workmate "If you don't and this guy does the same tomorrow and kills someone you will regret not telling the police". He may have a point, this was insane driving. But I will still have to think about it - was never my intention to use dash-cam 'like a policeman'.

However, evidence is all there - 15 seconds in you can clearly read the number plate, 45 seconds in the dangerous driving begins.


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#46 Windwalker

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 03:59 PM

Last night's commute home included...
 
https://youtu.be/iEQo6s7lX5s
 
Showing this video to work colleagues, and they all think I should pass it to the police. To quote one workmate "If you don't and this guy does the same tomorrow and kills someone you will regret not telling the police". He may have a point, this was insane driving. But I will still have to think about it - was never my intention to use dash-cam 'like a policeman'.
However, evidence is all there - 15 seconds in you can clearly read the number plate, 45 seconds in the dangerous driving begins.

Wow! A few seconds later, he would have met all those cars head on. I've never seen someone overtaking for such a distance on corners where he/she could not have seen what was coming. What a twatt. Very dangerous and stupid. whoever was driving shouldn't be behind a wheel. They are an accident waiting to happen.

#47 SnowFlake

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 04:55 PM

personally i feel you have no other option but to inform the police and show them the video.  This driver was lucky he/she didnt cause an accident.. next time he/she may not be so lucky and chances are he/she will end up either killing themselfs or even worse someone else.



#48 Berserker

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 04:58 PM

You answered you're own question there! Driving like that it's just a matter of time before he kills someone. Report it before that happens.



#49 JustMe

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 05:05 PM

Watched it twice now and the overtaking manoeuvre started in a safe enough spot.  Almost looked to me as though the vehicle being overtaken accelerated or the overtaking vehicle lost power.  And of course being on the right hand side of the road maybe gave a better view.



#50 Suffererof1crankymofo

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 05:40 PM

His driving position is different to yours.  His seating position is higher.  He can see the road clearer than you could.

 

Edit:  The guy in the silver car started to speed up to try to stop the pick-up from overtaking him.


Edited by Suffererof1crankymofo, 13 October 2015 - 05:42 PM.


#51 Wheelsup

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 05:43 PM

yes, I feel the police would need to speak to both drivers. For the sake of safety the vehicle being overtaken could have eased off a little


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#52 Kavi Ugl

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 05:49 PM

Yes, I have mixed feelings about this.

 

The man/woman in the black pick-up wasn't doing themselves any favours but it looks like the silver car was being irresponsible too, even as is suggested was speeding up to prevent the black pick-up passing.

 

The silver car should have acknowledged the dangerous situation, done the right thing and slowed down enough for the black pick-up to pass.


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#53 Windwalker

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 05:54 PM

Difficult to tell if the silver car sped up or if the black pickup just didn't have the power to get past. In my book the black pickup, should have realised his manuover was dangerous and eased off and pulled back in behind.

Knowing the bit of road, I doubt the pickup had a clear view of the road ahead. Just watch the recording car as he reaches the same point and you can't see round the corner.

#54 AngusMecoatup

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 07:05 PM

The black pickup is limited to 65mph if it is one from the Total gas plant. This would explain why he was struggling to get by as we can clearly see in the clip.


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#55 Ghostrider

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 07:11 PM

The trouble with suggesting the black pickup should have aborted the overtake is if anyone is fool enough to boot it to try and stop someone whose already pulled out to pass them, they're also highly likely to be fool enough to drive slower, and slower, and slower, and slower, once you've fallen back behind them to tempt you to try and overtake them again, so that they can repeat pulling away hard just as you do, ad infinitum, or until they're tired of playing their little game. Its a modern day jousting match with folk like that, you either persist and take them on the first attempt, or accept you're going to have to spend the next however many miles toodling along at 40 with an ever increasing tilback behind you.



#56 Windwalker

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 07:15 PM

The trouble with suggesting the black pickup should have aborted the overtake is if anyone is fool enough to boot it to try and stop someone whose already pulled out to pass them, they're also highly likely to be fool enough to drive slower, and slower, and slower, and slower, once you've fallen back behind them to tempt you to try and overtake them again, so that they can repeat pulling away hard just as you do, ad infinitum, or until they're tired of playing their little game. Its a modern day jousting match with folk like that, you either persist and take them on the first attempt, or accept you're going to have to spend the next however many miles toodling along at 40 with an ever increasing tilback behind you.


Mostly agree with you ghostie, if it was on a straight bit if road, but it does look like he could not see round a corner, so pretty dangerous to keep going just to safe face.
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#57 Colin

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 07:18 PM

Seems like the speed might be "relative" in so much as the filming(?) vehicle might have slowed down a little in order to avoid becoming involved in an accident.

 

However, if what others have suggested that the vehicle might have been "speed limited", I think that the driver was "stupid" to try and overtake anyway and, if it is correct that the vehicle being overtaken increased it's speed instead of decreasing it, then, that was also "stupid"

 

Hard to say really but, both drivers need a quite severe "talking to" and, both need some testosterone removed.

 


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#58 Urabug

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 07:24 PM

Congratulations for recording this video and bringing this dangerous driving for all to see.

 

I know this piece of road very well and certainly would not be overtaking at this particular location.

 

There is no excuses this was very bad driveing which could have had serious consequences had it been a few moments later

 

What time was saved by this overtaking manoeuvre would have been no more than probably a few seconds,definately not worth risking life and limb for.



#59 trooter

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 10:31 PM

Here's another, not as bad as the black pickup but still close to corner by the time he pulls in.

 



#60 BGDDisco

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Posted 14 October 2015 - 08:49 AM

To clarify the events, and fill in details you couldn't see on the video.

1. The black pick-up did appear to be restricted to 65mph - it was struggling to get by me, and I had to ease off the accelerator to let him past.

2. I did ease off again as I saw him continue his next overtake manoeuvre, as a precaution to the possible head on collisions in front of me. 

 

I'm still unsure about reporting this to the police, what involvement would be expected from me? Nothing "happened" to me. I have no grounds to press any charges.