Throw the book at her! Driver is captured on video engrossed in her PAPERBACK driving on busy dual carriageways
- John Eley, 60, captured the ‘selfish’ driver on his journey on the A41 Monday
- The retired mail carrier says she sat staring at the book for at least three minutes straight
- Distracted woman can be seen accelerating and braking and almost hitting the van
A ‘dangerous’ driver was filmed reading a book on a busy dual carriageway.
In footage shot by John Eley, 60, the unidentified woman is engrossed in a paperback spread open on her handlebars.
The distracted driver is filmed navigating the outside lane on the A41 as the traffic light brightens, until she is forced to break to avoid hitting the white van in front of us.
When Mr. Eley shared the 25 second clip on Facebook, he said the ‘selfish’ driver must be ‘a good book’, while one user mockingly added that it ‘wasn’t the highway code’.
Mr. Eley recorded the clip Monday from the passenger seat of his friend Keith Anderson’s car.
The semi-retired postman was shocked when the Skoda Fabia driver had her eyes on the novel for “ at least three minutes ” straight, all the while accelerating and braking to keep up with the traffic on the road, which is a speed limit. of 100 km / h. .
Mr. Eley, from Woodbridge, Suffolk, said, “I don’t know what she read, but it must have been a good book. Hard to put down.
She certainly hadn’t had her eyes on the road. When you read a book, you are normally preoccupied with reading what is going on.
“I saw her and she went on and on and everything, and for at least three minutes. I thought I should take out my phone and make a video of it.
‘I’ve seen people on iPads but never read a book. We had to look twice to believe what we were seeing.
We wondered if she would drive into the vehicle in front.
She didn’t even notice we were filming next to her. I think if she had noticed she would have responded, but she didn’t know what was going on.
‘It could have caused an accident. She could have run into the white van in front of her. You see people on TV behaving in a dangerous and unsafe way and this would be up there.
‘Not the Highway Code’: Woman filmed reading a book on the A41 is mocked by social media users while branded as ‘selfish’ and ‘dangerous’
The unknown driver was engrossed in the novel for “ at least three minutes ” while on the dual carriageway, according to semi-retired postman John Eley, 60, who recorded the clip on Monday.
‘I hate that people would do that. She endangers people because of selfish behavior.
“There was a comment about the highway code, and I think she can read it.”
‘Performing other duties while driving’ qualifies as ‘careless driving’ and is punishable by three to nine penalty points on a driving license.
Mr. Eley did not consider reporting the incident to the police, but the video later that evening to a Facebook group of motorists.
One member commented, “Next-level multi-tasker.”
Another said, “WTF.”
While a third simply added, “Not the highway code, I assume.”