A furious passenger, whose loved one was mowed by a text message driver, has posted shocking images of an "idiot woman" using his phone behind the wheel.
The man filmed the footage on the A419 highway in Cricklade, Wilts, last month after seeing the brazen driver in front of the vehicle in which he was traveling.
In his video, which has accumulated 1.5 million visits on social networks, you can see the woman driving a silver pole continue her text conversation while changing lanes, forcing the car behind her to step on the brake.
A woman on her phone, who is believed to be texting, while driving on the A419 to the north
The anonymous passenger said the woman, filmed on August 28, did not even realize she was being recorded despite trying to get her attention.
He said the incident was particularly annoying for him, since he previously lost a family member due to reckless driving.
The man said: "When we went to overtake the car, the silver pole cut in front of us, which caused us to step on the brake.
"Then we saw that he was sending text messages, so the driver tried to get his attention by using the speaker and the flash.
"She kept sending text messages, so I started filming mainly because of the anger and disbelief that someone could be unconscious while on their phone, while on a street of mourning.
"I see it all the time, since I'm on the road every day, I would say at least one a day.
Man who shot clip said he lost a family member in the past due to reckless driving
The woman continues to send text messages on her phone while changing lanes: forcing the car to "stop suddenly"
"I'm glad to be a passenger and I got it in front of the camera.
"It frustrates me the most when I lost a family member of one of these idiots, and they walked away from him.
& # 39; I feel that this is my way of doing something for my loved one.
"It will not bring them back, but it could prevent others from going through the pain of losing a loved one in the same way."
The Wiltshire police have been contacted for comment.
A recent report from the Department of Transportation suggested that a staggering 500 people a week are caught using a hand-held mobile phone while driving.
The new figures reveal that more than 26,000 motorists were caught committing the offense in the 12 months to March.
Of them, 500 were revoked their licenses because they had driven for less than two years.
Drivers face a fine of £ 200 and six points on their license if they are caught making a call, texting or simply holding their phone while behind the wheel.
The new and harsh sanctions were introduced in March of last year after a series of fatal accidents. Previously, those convicted of using their phones were fined £ 100 and given three penalty points.
Use a telephone or satellite navigator when driving
It is illegal to have a satellite phone or navigator while driving or operating a motorcycle. You must have hands-free access, such as:
The device should not block your view of the road and traffic.
You must maintain full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you are not in control because you are distracted and can be prosecuted.
The law still applies to you if you are:
- stopped at the traffic light
- queuing in traffic
- supervise a beginner driver
When you can use a hand-held phone
You can use a hand-held telephone if any of these applies:
- you are safely parked
- you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it is unsafe or impractical to stop
You can get 6 penalty points and a fine of £ 200 if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You will also lose your license if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years.
You can get 3 penalty points if you do not have a complete view of the road and traffic or proper control of the vehicle.
You can also take it to the court where you can:
- be prohibited to drive or ride
- get a maximum fine of £ 1,000 (£ 2,500 if you drive a truck or a bus)