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Shock video captures car on the wrong side of dual carriageway

By Jonathan Bell

This is the terrifying moment a car was caught on a Northern Ireland road travelling in the wrong direction.

The vehicle, believed to be a Volvo, was on the A4 dual carriageway between Ballygawley and Dungannon just before the M1 at around 12.30pm on Sunday, the page owner says. At one point it almost caused a head-on collision with another car.

The footage was posted on the Idiot Drivers Northern Ireland Facebook page, which exposes drivers who may not necessarily abide by the rules of the Highway Code.

"Thankfully, the other driver managed to slow down and get pulled in," the site administrator said of the footage.

Some of those commenting, however, criticised the person who filmed the footage, as they appeared to be driving.

The page was set up around two years ago by a group of biker friends who wanted a place to post their footage of life on the road.

Administrator Ciaran Connolly said he was astonished when the footage was sent to him.

He said: "I was just amazed that people can still do this. All the warning signs are there.

"The camera car was going under the speed limit and the other car was overtaking him - it wasn't just tootling along.

"The driver filming it actually turned the camera away, as he was sure there was going to be a big crash. People have been saying he was wrong to film it while driving, and he knew he would get criticised for it.

"But he wanted to show what was actually going on, and the footage is all over the place, as he wasn't paying attention to what was being filmed and had his eyes on the road ahead of him.

"It's the lesser of two evils.

"No one is condoning the use of mobiles behind the wheel, he just felt he had to show what was happening.

"And he tried to get the registration plate, but the car disappeared off up another road and was away."

A report was made to the police about the incident. However, they did not find the car.

Since the page was launched on Facebook it has taken off. Submitted content has mushroomed, so much so that Ciaran rarely posts his own videos.

"It is a place for people to vent their anger," he said. "Parking really seems to get people going and we are always getting criticised, but it is never us taking the pictures, they are always sent to us."

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