BMW driver made to go on course after giving police dashcam of crash

Police reward BMW driver for handing over dashcam footage of crash by making him pay £170 and go on road safety course because footage shows he failed to stop in time

  • Gary Gallagher, 44, wrote off his BMW after a crash on the A1 near Newcastle
  • He agreed to hand footage of the incident he had caught on dashcam to police
  • The engineer was then interviewed under caution and told to go on a course 

A driver who helpfully handed his dashcam footage to police after he was involved in a crash has been ordered to pay £170 for a road safety course. 

Gary Gallagher, 44, wrote off his BMW after he ploughed in to the back of a van that suddenly stopped on the A1 near Newcastle.

Mr Gallagher, from Bedlington, Northumberland, agreed to hand footage of the incident over to police.

Mr Gallagher says a wet and oily road meant his BMW only made it down as far as 12mph with his foot firmly on the brake before the front of the car hit in to the back of the van.

But he was then interviewed under caution and told he could either be prosecuted, or shell out for the road safety class, after the footage showed he was too close to the van, meaning he could not stop in time. 

The engineer’s video shows his BMW following a white van along the fast lane of the motorway when the traffic ahead suddenly stops.

The white van smashes in to the red vehicle at speed and debris from the car sprays across the road as Mr Gallagher’s car fails to slow down in time.

He says a wet and oily road meant his BMW only made it down as far as 12mph with his foot firmly on the brake before the front of the car hit in to the back of the van.

A picture posted by Mr Gallagher shows the front of his car was completely wrecked by the accident, as it left a dent in the back of the van.

A picture posted by Mr Gallagher shows the front of his car was completely wrecked by the accident, as it left a dent in the back of the van

Gary Gallagher later posted the footage online with the caption: ‘A case of always expect the unexpected and predict the amount of traction you are gonna get when you try to put your brake pedal through the floor on a wet oily road’

He later posted the footage online with the caption: ‘A case of always expect the unexpected and predict the amount of traction you are gonna get when you try to put your brake pedal through the floor on a wet oily road!’ 

He admitted: ‘I failed massively when this van hit a stationary car. Think I must have got down to 12mph by the time I made contact!’ 

And the clip divided opinion online. One viewer said: ‘Shame mate, you seem to be driving well and to the conditions, hence it’s an accident. 

‘Did the van run up the back of the car in front so it caught you out?’ 

While another stated: ‘Sorry but you were too close. Want proof? Could you stop in time? Yes we all do it at times, some more than others.’ 

Gary added: ‘I got interviewed under caution by the police on Sunday about the accident and I have been told I am to go on a course which will cost me £170. 

‘This is instead of any kind of prosecution for careless driving.’ 

The white van smashes in to the red vehicle at speed and debris from the car sprays across the road as Mr Gallagher’s car fails to slow down in time

Northumbria Police confirmed there were no casualties at the scene of the crash. 

A spokesman said: ‘At about 5.10pm on Tuesday June 25, police received a report of a three-vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway of the A1 between junctions 76 and 77. 

‘Nobody was seriously injured and the road was fully cleared less than an hour after the incident was reported.’  

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