Moment of motoring madness . . .
INCREDIBLE footage from one of the country's new motorways graphically illustrates the disaster that can arise when drivers ignore the rules.
Traffic camera stills show a dark-coloured estate car pull over to the hard shoulder of the Dublin to Limerick M7 motorway just before half-past seven in the morning.
As two cars approach from behind, the driver of the estate begins an illegal U-turn, which puts the car directly in the path of oncoming traffic.
Only evasive action from one of the other drivers prevents what would have been a major collision.
Incredibly, the blue estate car continues to drive in the wrong direction along the motorway, driving against the traffic and forcing oncoming cars to swerve in order to avoid a head-on crash.
Gardai were unable to read the registration plate of the offending car from the traffic camera footage, allowing the lucky motorist to avoid prosecution -- as well as a serious accident.