6 September 2019

"My heart skipped a beat" - dashcam shows car driving in opposite direction down parkway

| Lachlan Roberts
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Traffic Superintendent Corey Heldon said this incident is a reminder for all drivers to pay attention at all times. Screengrab of dashcam footage.

Police are investigating an incident on Tuggeranong Parkway after dashcam footage shows a car driving in the opposite direction early on Friday morning (6 September).

Just after midnight, Thanh Vu was heading home after watching the World Cup qualifying match between Vietnam and Thailand at his friend’s house. He was driving south on the Tuggeranong Parkway near the Cotter Road turnoff when he saw a car driving towards him – but on the wrong side of the road.

“My heart skipped a beat,” Mr Vu said, with a smile. “There were two cars in front of me and a bus behind me as well. We all high beamed him or her but the car just keep driving.”

Mr Vu caught the heart-stopping incident on his dashcam, which he posted on Facebook.

ACT Policing said they have seen the video on Facebook and are now trying to identify the driver. Traffic Superintendent Corey Heldon said this incident is a reminder for all drivers to pay attention at all times.

“Whenever you’re behind the wheel, you need to be aware of what you’re doing, but also of what’s happening on the road around you,” Superintendent Heldon said. “A head-on collision between two cars at highway speed will often result in serious injury or death.

“If you do inadvertently drive onto the wrong side of a highway, slow down, put your hazard lights on, move over to the side of the road as safely as possible and stop. Call for assistance if you can, but don’t try to turn your car around.”

If you are the driver of the vehicle in question, or if you witnessed the incident or captured additional dash-cam footage of it, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

Please quote reference P1774295.

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