On Saturday 19 December 2009 at 1.18pm, I narrowly missed being hit, when a driver ignored a red light in Victoria Square in Adelaide. A bus, a van and a car had already stopped, but that did not encourage the fourth driver to stop. The bus and van prevented me from seeing the car until the last moment, so I was startled by the near miss. Then the car stopped nearby, waiting to turn right, which enabled me to get a registration number, SAEP740. The black car reminded me of a modern Toyota Celica. I did not get a view of the errant driver due to black window tinting. Prior to the new standards that came into effect on 1 January 2010, the tinting was too heavy to be legal.
I attended the nearby Adelaide Police Station to make a report, but the officer said that the registration number did not match any in the database! He believed that I recorded the rego incorrectly, which I would have accepted except that I had a good view while the driver waited to turn right. I had surveyed the scene for a camera, and there was an ACC one. I persuaded the officer to phone ACC, but the reply was that with the camera and position, a rego plate would not be readable. The camera could be a witness, if one had the rego.
I had recorded the number painted on the side of the bus, and wondered if I could trace the bus driver. I had let out a loud yell of HEY! (A passenger waiting at a nearby bus stop heard my yell, but declined to be a witness.) Perhaps the bus driver noted the rego. However, my phone was down for six days (thanks Telstra) and then it was the holiday season. As time slipped away, I decided it would be a waste of time to seek the bus driver.