A chauffeur has spoken out about the incredible – and incredibly dangerous – situation he witnessed on the M5 in the West Midlands recently. He saw two white vans travelling next to each other and one of the drivers passed a drink to the other through the open van windows as they were driving at nearly 60mph.
According to road safety campaigners who have seen the incident (caught on the dashboard camera belonging to the witness) this could easily have resulted in an accident with serious or even fatal consequences.
During the footage the van in the far-side lane is seen to veer towards the van in the middle lane, which swerves slightly as a result. The van in the middle lane then continues ahead and the other van returns to its lane. It appears that something was passed between the two vans when they were closest together.
The number plates were visible on the original footage and the police have stated they will be contacting the vehicle owners in question. Road safety campaigners state the drivers should be punished for such dangerous behaviour. The video evidence is hard to deny.
How dangerous can poor driving be?
If you have seen this footage it is obvious how dangerous this could have been. This holds true not just for the drivers of the vans but for the other road users in front of and behind them. It is not known what action the police will take but it does highlight how dangerous this kind of behaviour by drivers can be.
It is clear there was no thought of what could have happened or how different the outcome could have been for everyone. The consequences could have been dreadful, perhaps even fatal.
Have you been the victim of a stunt like this?
It is horrific to think this type of behaviour happens on our roads. You may already be aware of this if you have been the unfortunate victim of an accident. If this is the case, please contact Accident Advice Helpline by using our free 24/7 enquiry line now.
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