Driver charged after footage goes viral
WARNING: Strong language
A MAN caught on camera driving on the wrong side of the road and almost forcing other cars into oncoming traffic has been hunted down by police.
Jess Green took to Facebook yesterday to post the video she filmed in NSW's Hunter Region, captioning it "Hero of the Year".
It didn't take long for the video to go viral, racking up 16,000 views in less than a day.
Some of those views were from NSW Police who, in less than an hour, started an investigation.
The video itself depicted the Nissan Skyline speeding into incoming traffic, overtaking on double lines into oncoming traffic and almost forcing cars into his own lane off the road.
Ms Green posted the video in a local community group writing, "This happened today heading towards Maitland from Heddon Greta. Some people need to wake up!"
"We are a week out from Christmas and you … put so many people in harms way! I hope the cops get you."
An hour after the incident, police stopped a vehicle in the NSW town of Cessnock.
The 39-year-old driver was arrested and taken to Cessnock Hospital for mandatory drug and urine testing.
He was charged with driving in a dangerous manner, negligent driving, overtaking to the left of a vehicle and not keeping left of a dividing line.
He was granted bail and will appear at Kurri Kurri Local Court on January 11.
The man's arrest is less than a week away from NSW Police implementing their annual double demerits road safety Christmas campaign.
The campaign, done in partnership with Transport NSW's Road Safety Centre, is done to "remind drivers and riders that during double demerit periods the consequences for breaking the road rules are more severe".
This year, NSW Police will implement their Christmas double demerits campaign from Friday, December 22 until Monday, January 1.
Introduced in 1997, the double demerit point system applies to drivers and riders who are speeding, illegally using their mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt or riding without a helmet.