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Beebacoff Mon 04-Jul-16 16:40:00

A large van drove at some speed over the zebra crossing I was walking over. I screamed and he swerved and braked.

I came within a whisker of being run over.

I took his registration number.

Is there any point in me reporting him?

Gotheftosleep Mon 04-Jul-16 16:43:18

Yes. Report to 101.

londonrach Mon 04-Jul-16 16:43:22

Do it! We have a zebra crossing where this happens on a daily basis. Im too busy jumping out the way to take numbers. Report to local none urgent police number!

BackforGood Mon 04-Jul-16 16:43:51

Yes. Phone 101.
They might be able to look on CCTV.

MrsHathaway Mon 04-Jul-16 16:43:52


It would have been better if you'd noticed the company name (if there was one) - eg reporting a Sky or Dynorod driver directly to their company.

But it could be the case that the crossing is being reviewed and evidence is required before it can be upgraded. Every "near miss" reported builds an evidence file for the council to justify spending money.

Do you think he was crap, or is it badly situated/lit/maintained?

sepa Mon 04-Jul-16 16:47:28

I would. What if it had been someone who couldn't get out the way?

littlepeas Mon 04-Jul-16 16:49:16

Oh God this happened to me today as well, except at a pelican crossing and an older driver pootling through the red light - she missed me by a whisker, as I jumped back into the pavement. Luckily I realised she wasn't going to stop in time!! I was too shocked to get the reg, but would have reported if I had.

specialsubject Mon 04-Jul-16 16:49:25

yes, report away. To 101 and to the company concerned if you know it.

I had a lorry driver do the same to me, and the bugger was on the phone as well; which would explain why he didn't notice the flashing orange lights, the stripes on the road or indeed the speed limit. The manager was suitably not-impressed, as he should be.

littlepeas Mon 04-Jul-16 16:51:03

I'm not sure she had any idea that she had gone through a red light, let alone nearly run someone over!!

Beebacoff Mon 04-Jul-16 16:51:16

Thanks all - will report. No logo on the van.

He was going too fast and hadn't slowed down or checked if there was anyone on the crossing.

I was in clear view.

wasonthelist Mon 04-Jul-16 16:55:45

Good luck, I reported (with dashcam footage) the driver of a van who tried to ram me without any warning or prior build up. The company (large parcel delvery co) couldn't give a flyjng fig.

DailyMailEthicalFail Mon 04-Jul-16 17:13:16

Good luck.
I was nearly run down with my dd on school grounds recently by an LA van.
I reported to 101 and got told off on MN for 'wasting police time' hmm

Togaparties Mon 04-Jul-16 17:17:40

And just what exactly do you expect the police to do?

WorraLiberty Mon 04-Jul-16 17:18:10

No point unless there's CCTV or you took the details of an independent witness.

Your word against driver's I'm afraid.

PastaLaFeasta Mon 04-Jul-16 17:19:01

I saw this happen to a woman a small child this afternoon, white BMW and she was right in the middle of the crossing. I was too far to see any reg to report but I know there was a pedestrian hit there a while ago. I find zebra crossings in London are treated as optional by drivers, I've never had a near miss anywhere else in the UK.

TheWeeBabySeamus1 Mon 04-Jul-16 17:24:35

Not much point (as annoying as that is) a taxi did this to me a few weeks ago on a zebra in a supermarket car park. I was already half way across and he couldn't be arsed to stop, so swerved around me - then wound down his window to call me a stupid white bitch. Reported to the licensing team at the town hall but didn't even bother with the police. Like Worra said, it's your word against theirs and it just wasn't worth the hassle to me.

Beebacoff Mon 04-Jul-16 17:25:45

I would hope that the police look at CCTV and take it from there.

The guy nearly killed me.

You never know... Even if nothing is done, I'll still report it.

DailyMailEthicalFail Mon 04-Jul-16 17:26:36

in my case I had the registration number and there were cctv cameras around

Togaparties Mon 04-Jul-16 17:30:21

An interesting piece of advice on this subject from my retired chief inspector traffic cop parent (they know I'm not the slowest driver about): If they come knocking due to some alleged complaint by a random member of the public then only confirm that you are the registered keeper and confirm who was in charge of the vehicle on the date/time. "No comment" to any further questions, no point in incriminating yourself and a single member of public is not really sufficient evidence for a prosecution.

WorraLiberty Mon 04-Jul-16 17:34:00

Perhaps it depends on your area too but it's the Metropolitan Police where I am, and they're far too busy to trawl through hours of CCTV footage, to find evidence like this unless the pedestrian was actually hurt.

But you're right, it won't do any harm to report it.

malmi Mon 04-Jul-16 19:52:48

Something similar happened to me with a driver aggressively revving and beeping as I crossed the road (at a perfectly reasonable pace) at a zebra crossing. I got the number plate and rang the police and they came and took some details from me. Without any evidence they clearly couldn't prosecute however they said they would go and have a stern word with the driver, carefully check the roadworthiness of his vehicle and make sure all his documentation is in order. Just to let him know that his actions did not go unnoticed, cause him some inconvenience, and just possibly make him think twice before doing something similar in future.

ManagersDilemma Mon 04-Jul-16 20:41:31

It's worth a try but you might get a frustrating response from the police. This happened to me last year - a car went through a red light at about 40mph when the green man was showing. If DP hadn't held me back, I could have been killed. He got the reg and we reported it to the police but they said they couldn't do anything as there was no CCTV. Frustrating!

Pettywoman Mon 04-Jul-16 20:44:34

I live near a crossing like that Manager and use it several times a day. This sort of thing happens daily.

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