A COUNCILLOR will look to launch a driving safety campaign after he witnessed a potential crash at a junction.

Cllr Neil McGowan captured the moment a Kia cee'd came within inches of smashing into a Mini at junction Higher Reedley Road in Nelson on his dash cam.

The footage showed the car overtake Cllr McGowan and a white Ford Focus by driving on the wrong side of the road and goes through the red light.

The car swerved to avoid the Mini, which crossed from the left side, and continued up the road.

Cllr McGowan said he was concerned with the driving in Nelson and Brierfield.


He said: "I saw the car undertake someone at an earlier roundabout and I thought I best be wary of him.

"When I saw him go up to the lights without any indication of slowing down I was dreading what was about to happen.

"I saw the Mini come out and I creased, it's amazing how the two didn't come together.

"I'm calling for some sort of educational message to be put out about driving dangerously.

"It's all too often we see drivers, and I hate to say it but a lot of them are young, racing through the streets without a care in the world."

Cllr McGowan had previously called for a Public Space Protection Order to be used to curb dangerous drivers near Castercliff Primary Academy.

Several motorists had been seen driving over grass verges to avoid traffic jams.

Cllr McGowan said: "I will look into launching a campaign of some sort into raising more awareness about driving so dangerously like this.

"People seem to think they are in a bubble and can act as if there is no consequences."

Cllr Zafar Ali, leader of Nelson Town Council, said: "In my point of view speeding kills, full stop.

"There are various campaigns country-wide which are in place to fight speeding.

"There is quite a big attempt being made to resolve the problem of speeding.

"Cllr McGowan was very fortunate to not be involved in a serious accident.

"I have only seen stills of the footage but nevertheless speeding is a problem, not just in Nelson but in daily commutes for people."