Video footage from bicycle cameras are more commonly been used to fine and even help convict drivers who overtake people on bicycles too closely.
One Twitter user who uses a camera mounted to his bicycle said that Gardai confirmed today that a driver he recorded overtaking him closely was convicted last week of dangerous driving.
“Just received excellent news. Yes it is actually possible to get a conviction for close passing. This driver received €250 fine, 3 points and a conviction after pleading guilty,” Twitter user ‘righttobikeit’ said today. Here’s the video:
Just received excellent news. Yes it is actually possible to get a conviction for close passing. This driver received €250 fine, 3 points and a conviction after pleading guilty. @SafeCyclingEire @roadcc @Cyclistie @IrishCycle @CorkCyclingCrew @sticky_bottle @CitizenW0lf pic.twitter.com/TJejqV7fIX
— Righttobikeit (@righttobikeit) June 11, 2019
He said: “Happened 14/06/2018. Complaint to Trafficwatch shortly afterwards. Was contacted by Garda from the area of the incident. Made statement at my local Garda station and gave usb which were passed on. Got a call today to say it was in court last week. He pleaded guilty. I wasn’t needed.”
The van driver overtook him as he was overtaking another vehicle parked in the hard shoulder. Cars overtaking directly before and after the van managed to give a greater distance.
He added: “Hopefully this will inspire more of us not to accept this intimidation and drive the message home. ‘We have cameras, we will report, you will get done for it’.”