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Muppet driver

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by BentMikey, 14 Sep 2007.

  1. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I came across a right muppet yesterday. Driving whilst talking on his phone when I shouted to him to get off the phone he got verbal. When I took my helmet cam off the handlebars and pointed it at him he got rid of the phone very quickly though, LOL!

    I think I also saw him drinking a beer from a can, and sadly it doesn't show in the video. I'm not sure though, but it was a tall can so not so perhaps not so likely to be a fizzy drink. I also annoyingly didn't remember his registration as I would have called the police there and then.

    He came past me on the Vauxhall gyratory, and shouted something about me riding with one hand (when I filmed him). Silly twit, when he did this he was driving with one hand, he had his cigarette in his right hand and hanging out the window.
     
  2. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    I've phoned drinking drivers in to the police. Would do it again without hesitation. Scum.
     
  3. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Please don't take this as my supporting the driver, that's not what I'm doing.......

    Unfortunately in this country, we have a limit for drink driving. I don't say unfortunately because i think u should be able to drink more, but because I think it should be a zero limit.......

    But given that you are allowed to have some small amount of drink, and given that it's not illegal to have a can (of fanta, for example) on the go while driving, what does it matter if that can is the one beer you're drinking that day?
     
  4. OP
    OP
    BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    It's a good point, I've no argument with that. I'd still have shopped him if I'd remembered the number, because I think the chances are that it wasn't just one beer.[1]

    Morally I'm also a zero limit person, and I don't believe in using a phone whilst driving even if it is handsfree. Both have been shown to be foolish behaviour.


    [1] Maybe this is a good argument for getting magnatom's archos setup, because then I'd have been able to review the video right there.
     
  5. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

    Location:
    London
    it is actually illegal to have a can of something on the go. That also includes a sandwich, burger, fag, mobile phone etc. The recent change in law re mobiles extends to any hand-held object that interferes with safe driving. I remember reading about a sales rep who got a major fine a few months ago after Police stopped him driving with a sarnie in one hand (probably driving like an arse as well but it was the sarnie that provided the coup de grace)
     
  6. I think mobile phones have been specifically legislated, but having anything else in your hands whilst driving which would affect your ability to drive safely and securely (i.e. steer with one hand and change gear wit hthe other) have always been illegal.
     
  7. jonathan ellis

    jonathan ellis Well-Known Member

    Location:
    London
    Can I have a look at you camera Mikey
    I kinda want one I think

    are you at your usual spot tonight?
     
  8. Pete

    Pete Guest

    I've discovered (actually as a result of reading an article in our local paper) that our local police force (Sussex) now has a web page called 'operation crackdown' in which ordinary members of the public can report just this sort of behaviour. Not tried it myself, so I don't know how effective it will be. It seems from the article that 'using a handheld while driving' qualifies for being reported. Perhaps other police forces have set up something similar?
     
  9. OP
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    BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    No, day off, sorry! I'll be there at the weekend, and probably Tues/Weds/Thurs evening next week.
     
  10. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Is that just for regular customers then? :smile:;)
     
  11. OP
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    BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Only if you book in advance. You want a booking? :smile:
     
  12. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Outrageous, how dare you suggest I'm into such sordid things... oh, sorry...booking....



    I'll get my coat





    ...and can you squeeze me in for 4.40? :smile:
     
  13. OP
    OP
    BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
  14. I really hate mobile phones and the morons who abuse the privilege of having one.I've taken now to very rarely taking mine out with me.
     
  15. dangerousjules

    dangerousjules New Member

    does'nt that statement kinda beg the question why did you buy a mobile in the first place if you're going to leave it at home?