Last week we brought you a story on how the Government is considering increasing the fixed penalty for careless driving to £90, while at the same time penalising anti-social but not illegal offences such as tailgaiting and undertaking.
While motorists may well be angry at the plans – many seeing it as another example of the interfering nanny state – the plans do make some sense, particularly when you’re confronted with stupidity on this scale.
A motorist in his twenties has been photographed playing an iPad racing game, while driving at the national speed limit on the motorway.
The unidentified man was photographed by a passing van passenger, intently focused on the tablet computer, when he should have been concentrating on the traffic around him on the M8 near Glasgow.
Speaking to the Daily Record, the photographer said: “He was sitting playing the Real Racing game on his iPad and glancing up at the road every now and then.
“I have never seen anything like it, it was terrifying to watch.”
While initially happy with the attention he was getting, the reckless driver changed behaviour once he realised just why he was being photographed.
“He saw me looking at him and was waving at me but when I tried to take a picture of his face he turned away behind the seat,” continued the quick-thinking snapper.
Unsuprisingly, the driver’s actions have had law abiding motorists up in arms. Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: “Clearly, this is really dangerous driving behaviour.
“The only way to really stop this kind of behaviour is to have more traffic police out there.
“People like this don’t tend to heed safe driving campaigns but if they see a police officer out there, they will behave perfectly.”
The images were forwarded to Police Scotland’s Road Policing Complex, who stated that inquiries into the matter were continuing.