Conviction based on this cyclist’s close-pass video thought to be first in Ireland

Posted on: June 11th, 2019

Close pass believed to be the first in Ireland leading to a prosecution based on evidence recorded by a cyclist’s camera.

An Irish cyclist has been told by gardai a video he recorded of a close-pass by a van driver while out on his bike resulted in a prosecution for the driver.

The case is believed to be the first in Ireland to use a cyclist’s video to ground a successful prosecution.

Twitter user @righttobikeit told stickybottle the video, below, was one of six he had brought to the attention of the Garda because of the driving the clips captured.

While five remain outstanding, he has been contacted by gardai and told the clip below was successfully used as evidence and resulted in a fine of €250 for the driver of the van and three penalty points.

The incident occurred almost exactly a year ago in the Munster area. When the cyclist experienced the close pass and viewed the footage of it, he brought it to the attention of the Garda via the TrafficWatch facility.

He was then contacted by gardai from the area when the incident occurred and later gave a statement at his local Garda station.

The cyclist also gave the Garda the close-pass video on a USB stick.

He has now been contacted by gardai to say the driver pleaded guilty in court last week and was penalised with a €250 fine.

Close passing is not a specific offence in the Republic. However, according to the cyclist involved he was told by gardai the offence pursued was a more general one.

It was one of “driving in a manner which is dangerous to the public”, provided for under Section 53 of the Road Traffic Act.

Cyclist’s video for close-pass prosecution