WATCH: Eight of the most shocking dashcam videos from the North Devon Link Road after funding announced

The A361 North Devon Link Road is notorious among locals – not least for the amount of risks people take while driving it. Over the past 12 months, Devon Live has run several stories featuring dashcam footage of drivers performing all manner of dangerous manoeuvres, usually while overtaking. This morning the Government announced it will spend GBP83 million improving the road[1] – but will this stop people driving dangerously?

Here are eight dashcam videos which show risky overtaking on the North Devon Link Road.

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In August 2017, just days after a woman and three children were killed in two separate crashes on the Link Road, we shared this video[2] from Barnstaple resident Sarah Cusden. Sarah posted the video to Facebook to warn other motorists about the dangers of the road. She said: “I drive almost 200 miles to get to work and back every day and I get so annoyed with other road users.

“The North Devon link road should be a dual carriageway for the amount of traffic that uses it, but it isn’t the road that is dangerous it’s the road users. Get a grip people think of everyone else on the road with you, you aren’t invincible.”

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This was the moment a “stupid and impatient” motorist crossed double white lines and drove on a restricted section of road to overtake an HGV – while a lorry was driving towards it. The footage was captured on camera by HGV driver Peter Westaway on the A361 North Devon Link Road, who says he sees bad driving on this road “day in, day out”.

Peter, from Landkey, who actually worked on the construction of the North Devon Link Road back in the 1980s, urged the driver – and others like them – to consider their actions. He said: “I have driven HGVs on this road since it was built and in that time I, like many others, have been inconvenienced by accidents and the idiots who cause them. Everyone has their own agenda and they are not aware of others.

It is purely down to impatience.”

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This footage shows an impatient driver overtaking a truck by crossing double white lines and driving on a restricted section of a main road towards incoming traffic – only to find themselves stuck behind another lorry. Chris Tucker drives large goods vehicles (LGVs) for a living and caught this on his work vehicle’s dashcam. The footage shows a lorry overtaking Chris and just making it back onto the right side of the road before the overtaking lane disappeared.

But then a second vehicle, a black car, also overtakes Chris, crossing double white lines and driving over a red, restricted section of the main road before braking hard and squeezing in between the two LGVs. He said: “This is a regular occurrence on the A361 and this sort of thing happens on nearly every trip between Tiverton and Barnstaple and back. I drive LGVs on that route about three times a week.”

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Two dangerous overtakes by the same car were caught on camera on Friday, August 25, at around 6.30pm near Aller Cross, South Molton.

A silver saloon can be seen overtaking across double white lines twice in the space of less than half a mile. The footage was caught on dashcam by North Devon driver Tim Huckstep, 41, who was shocked by the saloon driver’s disregard for road safety. Tim’s wife Beverley contacted DevonLive to highlight the incident, saying: “We are absolutely amazed that the driver didn’t crash and we expected to find an accident in front of us.

“He only managed to pass us and the Golf in front then got stuck behind a coach all the way to Barnstaple so gained nothing!”

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This is the moment a Highway Maintenance van crosses double white lines to perform a ‘dangerous’ overtaking manoeuvre – while a car on the other side of the road is coming straight towards it. The moment of madness was captured on a dashcam by Paul Heather while he was driving the A361 North Devon Link Road. Paul, who is a director of Charles Darrow property firm, believes if the van had collided with the car travelling towards it, it could have caused a fatal crash.

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This dashcam footage shows the moment a Highway Maintenance vehicle crosses double white lines to overtake an articulated lorry on a notorious Devon road.

The video was taken on the A361 North Devon Link Road[3] and clearly shows a flatbed truck marked “Highway Maintenance” cross double white lines into a hatched area – all while traffic is coming in the other direction. It was the second time in three months that a Highway Maintenance vehicle has been caught on camera[4] performing such a manoeuvre on this road.

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This video shows the moment a driver crosses double white lines to overtake on a notorious main road. The footage, supplied by Paul Mugford from Bideford, was taken near the Aller Cross roundabout at South Molton on the A361 North Devon Link Road.

In it you can see a red vehicle overtake while crossing double white lines and a hatched area of road. The car overtakes on one of the slimmest sections of hatching, just as the area runs out. Paul posted the footage to the North Devon News Facebook page last night, saying: “Just another idiot on the North Devon Link road this evening, from my sons dashcam.”

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This video shows the moment a driver crosses not one, but two sets of double white lines on a notorious Devon road – less than two days after similar footage was obtained from almost exactly the same spot.

The dashcam footage was sent to DevonLive by lorry driver Steve Jones from Wellington in Somerset who was driving near South Molton on the A361 North Devon Link Road at the time.

As the video shows, the black Mercedes car waits until the last moment to overtake Steve’s lorry ad crosses two sets of double white lines and a hatched area in the process.

Steve says it’s the “most dangerous overtaking” he’s seen in his year’s of driving the road.

References

  1. ^ the Government announced it will spend GBP83 million improving the road (www.devonlive.com)
  2. ^ we shared this video (www.devonlive.com)
  3. ^ A361 North Devon Link Road (www.devonlive.com)
  4. ^ a Highway Maintenance vehicle has been caught on camera (www.devonlive.com)

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