A motorist has spoken of his shock after spotting another driver reading a booklet while travelling at 70mph on a motorway, saying it was a wonder he did not cause a road accident.
Chris Ashton was travelling on the M6 in Cheshire when he saw a man driving a Volkswagen Tiguan in the middle lane.
His attention appeared to be firmly focussed on what appeared to be a car instruction manual he was holding in front of the steering wheel.
Details given to police
The computer engineer and his wife were on their way to Glasgow from their home in Manchester on Friday afternoon when the incident occurred.
His wife Stacey managed to take a photograph of the irresponsible motorist and make a note of his car registration number, which the couple later passed on to Cheshire Police for them to investigate.
Mr Ashton said that even when the driver noticed he had been captured on camera, he failed to put down the book.
Accident waiting to happen
“This man did not even see us approaching from behind as we overtook him at 70mph, and when we got past my wife saw him through the rear view mirror continuing to read,” he said.
“He is an accident waiting to happen. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I’ve seen lots of people breaking the law on their mobile phones and I’ve seen many accidents in my time as a motorist but surely this takes the biscuit.
“He didn’t even notice his picture being taken and only looked across when we got alongside. I hope the police catch him and throw the book at him.”