A dashcam captured footage of what could have been a disastrous collision on the Pat Bay Highway in Saanich in late August.
The video, which has two different camera angles, first shows a small vehicle aggressively tailgating a Ford van on the evening of August 24th.
The camera angle then changes and shows the same small vehicle aggressively pass the van by using the leftmost shoulder of Highway 17 in Saanich.
During the passing of the vehicle, the suspect vehicle could be seen swerving in what appears to be in an attempt to avoid a curb and highway marker on the side of the highway.
“The driving behaviour exhibited in this dashcam video is blatantly idiotic,” Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, said in an email statement to Victoria Buzz.
“I defer to the police of jurisdiction to investigate the circumstances at their discretion, but I want to be very clear that when my ministry receives evidence of reckless and dangerous driving, you can expect us to take these situations very seriously and the consequences, including a driving ban, could last months or even years, depending on the circumstances,” said Farnworth.
— Mike Kelly (@mikevicbuzz) September 10, 2021
Brent Nicholson, who captured the footage, said the incident occurred in Saanich near the Royal Oak exit of the Pat Bay Highway.
Nicholson said he wasn’t sure what led to the erratic driving.
After avoiding the potential accident, the two cars continue onwards.
Victoria Buzz reached out to Saanich Police who said there was no report on the incident but did say “the maneuver was extremely dangerous and posed a high risk to the driver, and all other motorists using the highway.”
“I can’t say that I have ever seen a driver pass on the left shoulder on the highway like that before. It is remarkable a collision did not result from it,” said Saanich Police Const. Markus Anastasiades.
Anastasiades added that this sort of driving behaviour would constitute driving without due care and attention under the BC Motor Vehicle Act.
Anyone witnessing this type of erratic driving that puts the public at immediate risk are urged to call 9-1-1.
If you recognize the vehicle involved in this incident, call Saanich Police at 250-475-4321.