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    Today I made an emergency call whilst out driving, to report someone whose driving I considered an immediate danger (He'd tailgated me for miles, undertaken me, almost taken out a car in the inside lane and would have probably killed me if it hadn't been for the vectra's emergency braking assist. He then drove away at what appeared to be well in excess of 100mph).

    I gave the police control room the vehicle reg and direction of travel and they said they'd keep an eye out, but I could make a formal report at the local police station. I decided that, given how close I'd been to disaster, I would do so.

    I went to the local cop-shop tonight to make the complaint properly, but I was told by the desk staff that nothing could be done, as there were no "independent witnesses". I am somewhat surprised by this, as I would have thought that I was an independent witness to this guys actions...

    Can any of the police officers on here comment on this? I'm a bit annoyed that I'd made a big effort to report this person, yet, despite the governments constant ravings about improving road safety, nothing will be done...

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    where was this? i was on the motorways around chelmsford between 3-6 oclock in a millitary vehicle and saw some idiot undertaken and cutting people up on m25

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    About 1pm on the A12, approaching the M25, just west of Chelmsford... Light green Range Rover...

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    any CCTV on the road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DNS View Post
    I am somewhat surprised by this, as I would have thought that I was an independent witness to this guys actions...


    What they mean is that you're the complainant/injured party in this case, not a witness; let's jump ahead and assume the other driver is taken to court in regard of your complaint - it then becomes your word against his.

    You'd then need an independent* witness to confirm your account, in evidence against the other driver.

    *i.e. not somebody else travelling in your car or otherwise related to you.

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    never used to need an indepentant witness -??? if it was a police officer would they need an independant witness....

    if it were a robbery and someone stole your watch / mobile / wallet would they need an independant witness

    there have been two or three cases of serious "road rage" resulting in fatalities recently - go back and ask to speak to the duty sergeant or inspector and push it

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    Quote Originally Posted by deztroyer View Post
    if it were a robbery and someone stole your watch / mobile / wallet would they need an independant witness


    It would certainly help, yes, unless other evidence was found to link the suspect to the offence - e.g. the watch/mobile/wallet found on their person or otherwise in their possession.

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    you got the index and a description of the driver...? Would you recognise teh driver if you saw them again?

    Go back to the station... tell them you want to make an allegation of dangerous driving, and they should take a statement form you. It may be hand-written, (the officer will write it, ask you to read and then sign it) or typed (you can dictate it to him) Request that a report book is completed.

    It should then get sent to an enquiries desk somewhere, where they will arrange for someone to call on the registered keeper, and interview him under caution (+2 for you pedants!)

    The evidence will then be evaluated to see if a prosecution is likely to succeed.

    That is what should happen.... Whether it ever does or not is a different matter - unfortunately you really to some extent on the enthusiasm of the officer you speak to at the station... As well as the enthusiasm of the officer requested to speak with the reg keeper (bearing in mind it could well be another force)

    If it helps - none of the statements i've written about driving witnessed off-duty have ever gone to court... I do however rest easy knowing that i did all i could - and the other driver at least knows that the police were aware of his awful driving even if they can't prove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zark View Post
    That is what should happen.... Whether it ever does or not is a different matter


    The response will also vary from force to force in that not all of them take "manner of driving" reports as described above.

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    I know just how you feel, I live in the sticks and have been run off the road several times when cars come round corners on the wrong side. Worst of all on all 3 ocastions they where Police cars so I got a cheep in car digital camera off ebay.

    Demo

    There about £40 and are always that "independent witnesses" you need. Maplin do a flash GPS vertion with 2 cams, bit pricy though at £250.

    Hope you get it sorted

    Regards

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