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Britain's Crazy Driving Laws

Britain's crazy driving laws are driving me...crazy?

By Stephen Turvil
Jul 25, 2011
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Britain's crazy driving laws are driving me...crazy? One poor fellow, for example, was recently fined £60 for blowing his nose while stationary in traffic. There was apparently no chance of the vehicle moving as its handbrake was firmly applied. This unforgivable action also earned the motorist three penalty points on his licence. The police officer on the scene believed the driver was 'not in proper control of the vehicle'. Oh, for crying out loud!

A less clear-cut case is the motorist who flashes. Umm, I mean flashed his vehicle's headlights to warn oncoming drivers of a mobile speed trap. This was considered to be 'wilfully obstructing a police officer in the course of duty'. This is a fair perspective – up to a point – but presumably his warning slowed traffic on a tricky stretch of road. This is the purpose of 'speed traps', so was the motorist 'obstructing' or 'helping' the police officer?

There are also numerous cases of motorists being prosecuted for eating behind the wheel. Okay, tucking into a three-course roast at 70mph in clearly crazy, but biting a chocolate bar while stationary in traffic can be considered an offence too. Driving 'without due care and attention', for example, or perhaps 'not being in proper control'. Still, spare a thought for our friends in Kansas. Here you can be imprisoned for screeching your tyres.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jul 25, 2011