Video: Helmet-cam cyclist busts driver eating cereal at 30mph

Police investigating driver filmed driving with bowl in lap

by John Stevenson   November 1, 2013  

Cereal-eating driver

Police are investigating after a helmet cam-equipped cyclist spotted a driver in Edinburgh eating a bowl of cereal, complete with milk, while driving at over 30mph.

YouTube user Raging Bike posted the footage after a ‘WTF’ moment as the driver passed him on a busy Edinburgh street. He caught up at the next lights and captured the driver on camera putting his cereal bowl aside.

Commenting on the clip, Raging Bike wrote: “I guess if you are hungry then why not eat a bowl of cereal as you drive.

“How did he do this? He must have planned to exit his house, climb into the car (no hands?) with a bowl of cereal and milk....who does that???”

A spokesman for the AA told Metro: “It’s pretty stupid. It’s unbelievable really.

“For some people their car, in a way becomes their home, and they behave in such a way that they would in their house.”

Police Scotland said an enquiry has been launched into the incident.

“We will review this footage and conduct an enquiry to identify the driver,” a spokesman said.

“Motorists are reminded to ensure they are in full control of their vehicle when driving and should not engage in any activities that can cause distraction or result in a loss of control.

“Anyone found driving inappropriately would be dealt with accordingly.”

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matheson wrote:
Audi, by far the worst.

Those, new shape Minis, and Ford Focusses. (Foci?)

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posted by John_the_Monkey [418 posts]
1st November 2013 - 15:59

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I cycled past a tipper truck today, parked by the side of the road, with the unmistakeable smell of cannabis wafting out of the windows.

Fine, except that relaxed driver is now going to be in charge of 10 tonnes of metal.

Sigh.

Edgeley

posted by Edgeley [156 posts]
1st November 2013 - 16:07

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Not sure which is better, "relaxed driver", as I wish many aggressive and impatient drivers should be, or alert but indifferent.

posted by 2Loose [28 posts]
1st November 2013 - 16:12

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Worst offending Vauxhall Corsa - either driven by the very old or very young usually in the same erratic manner.

The person who was driving the car deserves to be doing porridge Party

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [264 posts]
1st November 2013 - 16:24

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stuartanderson wrote:
35mph? Both breaking the speed limit then!

It's not possible for a cyclist to break the speed limit, because speed limits only apply to mechanically propelled vehicles (that is, one with an engine or motor, excluding e-bikes)

posted by benb [46 posts]
1st November 2013 - 16:57

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matheson wrote:
Audi, by far the worst.

Ditto. Audi's are the BMW's of the 21st century in terms of impatient arrogance. My pet theory is it's to do with the subliminal signals the interior design give you. Even the cheapest models are all black fascia with chrome boy racer gear stick. It's a performance cockpit for cocks.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1028 posts]
1st November 2013 - 16:59

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German cars are the worst on the roads.

posted by dreamlx10 [131 posts]
1st November 2013 - 17:14

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I find middle aged Citroen drivers the worst. Its like they have given up on life and feel they have to end mine. Then Audi A4's and Corsas.

posted by dunnoh [168 posts]
1st November 2013 - 17:36

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Meals on wheels????

posted by Rouboy [61 posts]
1st November 2013 - 17:49

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This video is almost a carbon copy of one I made earlier in the year. I reckon he was easting Shreddies, though I can't be sure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8UZ1GRjESE

posted by magnatom [4 posts]
1st November 2013 - 18:02

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Bet he'll get a Frostie reception form the Police, then he'll be doing some Porridge for the offence. "I should Cocoa".
Sorry!

posted by Guyz2010 [280 posts]
1st November 2013 - 18:07

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Silly

cheers m'dears

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2006 Lemond Alpe d'Huez Broken
1997 Marin Sausaulito Urban bimbling/shopper
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posted by daviddb [120 posts]
1st November 2013 - 18:42

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DrJDog wrote:
My boss used to give me a lift into work some mornings, and proceeded to shave on the way in. Electric shaver, so I guess it was fairly safe.

Ladyshave?

cheers m'dears

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1997 Marin Sausaulito Urban bimbling/shopper
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posted by daviddb [120 posts]
1st November 2013 - 18:42

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Perhaps he thought it would help with his driving, you know, in case he needed to break fast.....

I'll get my coat.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1079 posts]
1st November 2013 - 19:35

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posted by Pifko [85 posts]
1st November 2013 - 19:57

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Time for this to hit the roads....

BTW... This IS my day job.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jQ1U9KZfWg&sns=em

posted by Hammer [7 posts]
1st November 2013 - 20:33

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Time for SARTRE road trains to hit the roads....

Google "Volvo Sartre" for the film if the link gets blocked

BTW... This IS my day job.

posted by Hammer [7 posts]
1st November 2013 - 20:35

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On the positive side it looks like the driver is giving the cyclists plenty of room by keeping well to the right.

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posted by djcritchley [146 posts]
1st November 2013 - 21:23

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Nosy cyclist. Fascinating world we live in.

posted by dogcc [98 posts]
1st November 2013 - 21:45

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Why am I not surprised to find people actually discussing what types of cars people drive are most likely to cause more trouble.

How about; I'm less likely to get a friendly nod from some cyclist in logo clad lycra because he's too pro to acknowledge lesser amateur cyclists. Also more likely to run red lights.

Not nice is it.

posted by NorthEastJimmy [24 posts]
1st November 2013 - 23:49

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once watched a driver, at a junction, talking on her mobile while her excited dog jumped from her knee onto the passenger seat and back again.

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posted by dafyddp [142 posts]
1st November 2013 - 23:57

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BMW drivers are the worst in the Lake District! They're real bunch of wankers.

Endorphines going up and adrenaline going down, who needs drugs?

posted by banzicyclist2 [186 posts]
2nd November 2013 - 1:20

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A ban for life should be the case, the reality will be they will get a telling off and thats it.

driving is a right not a privilege these days.

posted by Leodis [169 posts]
2nd November 2013 - 9:01

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'Why am I not surprised to find people actually discussing what types of cars people drive are most likely to cause more trouble.

How about; I'm less likely to get a friendly nod from some cyclist in logo clad lycra because he's too pro to acknowledge lesser amateur cyclists. Also more likely to run red lights.'

Arguably driving a car whilst eating a bowl of cornflakes is a poorer reflection of the attitudes of some drivers to other road users than not waving to you when you go out for a ride is of some cyclists attitudes, which is also not the topic of the article which is another reason people are discussing bad driving and not people who don't smile at everyone else they meet on the road

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posted by Northernbike [115 posts]
2nd November 2013 - 14:15

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NorthEastJimmy wrote:
Why am I not surprised to find people actually discussing what types of cars people drive are most likely to cause more trouble.

How about; I'm less likely to get a friendly nod from some cyclist in logo clad lycra because he's too pro to acknowledge lesser amateur cyclists. Also more likely to run red lights.

Not nice is it.

Nice or not, its just human nature. Its also potentially important when dealing with people who have the power of life-or-death over you.

Though with regard to what type of driver is the worst, I've struggled to find any consistent pattern at all.

For example, I've had to conclude there are two different types of 'posh' driver. The arrogant 'out of my way, pleb!' ones and the ones who are in that faction of posh liberal types who actually cycle themselves (the type who eat organic muesli) and who hence treat cyclists courteously.

While the sports-car driving rich kids you see in certain parts of London are pretty much always in the first group, large 4x4s can be in either.

And I keep hearing cyclists complain about bus drivers yet I've personally always found them to be amongst the more competent drivers on the road and the most aware of cyclists.

I don't know about HGV drivers because I just stay the hell away from those things as much as I possibly can. Though it seems as if its the mid-sized-to-small ones that are the worst, possibly because of either the training or because the way they are paid means they are always in a desperate hurry.

posted by FluffyKittenofT... [629 posts]
2nd November 2013 - 15:43

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I bought a BMW to try to drag them back down towards the norm.

Micras are definitely the worst. Driven by people who 'can't drive a big car', i.e. can't drive.

posted by mbrads72 [112 posts]
2nd November 2013 - 18:52

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dafyddp wrote:
once watched a driver, at a junction, talking on her mobile while her excited dog jumped from her knee onto the passenger seat and back again.

Wasn't me was it?

I had a dog half out of the rear passenger's window on the A2 at 25mph staring at me.

posted by dogcc [98 posts]
2nd November 2013 - 19:19

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You're just stirring, aren't you?

Gerard the Kiwi

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posted by GerardR [84 posts]
3rd November 2013 - 1:30

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Pet hate of mine (if you will excuse the pun) is dogs loose in cars. An accident waiting to happen.

A few years ago I kept hinting to my mate's missus that it was not good to have her lurcher sat on the front seat. She got the message eventually when it got over excited one day and crapped on her gear stick.

Velotastic !

Too many hills, but too little time.

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posted by badback [264 posts]
3rd November 2013 - 11:58

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I drive a corsa?

+1 for sweeping generalisations on this post!!

posted by Cycle_Jim [281 posts]
3rd November 2013 - 15:02

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