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#1 Preee

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

So on the way to work , Thursday night , in a total dream world , i see a van pulling from the right towards my line .

Shock horror foot slammed on the brake , ABS on screetching to a halt ! , OH no i had just run a Red !

The van with two burly guys busy gesturing at me , i allow it to pull up next to me at the junction so i can apologise.

Just goes to show how alert you need to be 100% of the time , for sure it was me at fault , and could have gone bad if the alert van driver had not seen me.

Although i pass through these lights every single day , i had no idea why i had not even looked , i was focused on the road ahead , but still made a bad error.

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Anyone else had a near miss , knowing it was thier fault?

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:56 PM

Autopilot on the way to work? I kow the feeling and when I think about it I can't remember certain bits of my journey...
Strange really.

Glad your ok though mate and that it didn't have a worse outcome.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

As Stef123 said.. Autopilot is awful!!

I have it on my journey to work occasionally.. its a horrible feeling!!

Tiredness is a massive cause of this, just goes to show how easy accidents can occur!

Glad your ok tho mate!

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:01 PM

Autopilot on the way to work? I kow the feeling and when I think about it I can't remember certain bits of my journey...
Strange really.

Glad your ok though mate and that it didn't have a worse outcome.

Yes could have been alot different , had the van not seen me , but fair play to the car, boy did it stop well , i would say full length of the car was over the traffic light stop line so i would not have hit them as at least 10 feet from them , but just the shock of what i had done .
I saw the van , eyes opened wide saw the Red , hit the Brakes !

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

Tiredness is a massive cause of this, just goes to show how easy accidents can occur!


Yup, I tend to find it happens to me when in off to work early in the morning but not if I'm going out on nightshift where I have been up and wide awake for a few hours before hand

There is nothing worse though when you think back, what lane of the roundabout did I use, or did I indicate back there?

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:03 PM

As Stef123 said.. Autopilot is awful!!

I have it on my journey to work occasionally.. its a horrible feeling!!

Tiredness is a massive cause of this, just goes to show how easy accidents can occur!

Glad your ok tho mate!

Cheers TDIST , had i have been in the Wife's Nissan Micra it takes about a mile to stop lol

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:04 PM

Yup, I tend to find it happens to me when in off to work early in the morning but not if I'm going out on nightshift where I have been up and wide awake for a few hours before hand

There is nothing worse though when you think back, what lane of the roundabout did I use, or did I indicate back there?


Very true , the feeling of , "how did i just get here " is scary

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:05 PM

Very true , the feeling of , "how did i just get here " is scary


Yeah exactly, the mind is weird :lol:

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

I did a similar thing 2 months ago but it was orange on it's way to red, couldn't understand how I did not see the light so I had a look at the junction on Street View, horror! :o I saw a grey Gatso hidden in the hedge pointing at the junction, had a few nervous weeks checking the post for the NIP. Two months later now, should be in the clear. I now know how Stony felt after he had the camera pointed at him. Too much ribbing at work + all the other hassle from the insurance company.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

we've all been there!!

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:49 PM

Familiarity is a drivers worst enemy, I often arrive at work or home and can't remember the driving between, but my near misses tend to be my blind side, not much fun...

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:02 PM

Strangely enough I tend to concentrate less when the missus is in the car.
Nearly ran a red last week, if she hadn't shouted I would have gone right through.
Tiredness and road familiarity is an easy thing to fall into.
I sometimes forget which car I'm in and on seeing someone do something naughty I instinctively reach for the noisy buttons and then realise they aren't there.
On long patrols there have been times when I have really needed to pull over as I know I'm not giving it 100% concentration.
I've even declined pursuits and high speed attendances knowing I couldn't do so safely because of tiredness.
That's what comes from often being the only available handler for a very large area.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:06 PM

And its not going to get any easier/better either bud!!

You know when youve been in the force too long when..... You reach for the alley lights in you own car lol

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:10 PM

Strangely enough I tend to concentrate less when the missus is in the car.
Nearly ran a red last week, if she hadn't shouted I would have gone right through.
Tiredness and road familiarity is an easy thing to fall into.
I sometimes forget which car I'm in and on seeing someone do something naughty I instinctively reach for the noisy buttons and then realise they aren't there.
On long patrols there have been times when I have really needed to pull over as I know I'm not giving it 100% concentration.
I've even declined pursuits and high speed attendances knowing I couldn't do so safely because of tiredness.
That's what comes from often being the only available handler for a very large area.


It just shows how easy things can happen , thank god it was not pedestrian crossing. All to easy , i think i was just in a trance or something. yet on the way home after a nightshift i feel more alert (sometimes) :)

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:33 PM

Strangely enough I tend to concentrate less when the missus is in the car.


I blame the missus every time, come to think of it, she was in the care when I ran the orange light.

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