The driver of a £90,000 Maserati Granturismo S filmed by a cyclist in Glasgow eating breakfast at the wheel last year has been fined for careless driving.
Dave Brennan posted the footage to YouTube in February 2014, saying: “Nice car. Shame it means he can’t also afford a house to eat his cereal in …”
The driver was initially charged with careless driving, but that was subsequently revised to a charge of dangerous driving with the case due to go to court next Monday, Mr Brennan told us.
However, he has now heard that the motorist had pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of careless driving, receiving a £150 fine and 3 penalty points.
He said: “I'm obviously pleased that I don't have to attend court, and I think careless driving is an appropriate charge in this case, due to the relatively low speeds that I witnessed the driver going.
“However, I think the fine is too low and that 3 points acts as little deterrent. Driving a car is a privilege not a right, and drivers must be fully aware of their surroundings and be able to react accordingly. This is not possible whilst eating cereal, using a spoon, from a bowl held in one hand.”
Four months before the footage of the Maserati driver was shot, another helmet camera-sporting cyclist – this time in Edinburgh – spotted a motorist eating cereal while driving.
The motorist was subsequently charged with an alleged driving offence.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at The Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said of that incident: “This driver is being irresponsible and risking his own life and the lives of people around him, especially the cyclists he is overtaking.
“Trying to hold and eat from a bowl while driving is a particularly stupid and dangerous thing to do.”
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.