Film director Guy Ritchie – probably still best known for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels – has been banned from driving for six months after cyclist Mike van Erp shot footage of him texting at the wheel of his Range Rover.
The footage is over at the London Evening Standard.
The incident occurred in November in Hyde Park.
Van Erp said: “I spotted this driver texting on his phone. I stopped and whilst waiting for traffic to clear could clearly see the driver typing on his phone. I then crossed to the driver’s side where I saw his iPhone lit up with the classic blue and grey message bubbles of Apple iMessage, with text, and a message in process of being typed but not sent.”
In the video, Ritchie winds down his window and says, “Hello my friend.”
Van Erp says: “I don’t think you should be using your text messages while you are driving. I saw you doing it back there as well.”
Ritchie then pulls away.
Ritchie already had nine points on his driving licence, from three previous speeding offences.
After pleading guilty to using a handheld mobile phone/device while driving a motor vehicle on a road, he was given six more points and banned from driving for six months.
He was also ordered to pay a £666 fine, as well as £166 in prosecution costs and court fees.
Van Erp – who regularly submits footage of drivers to police – added: “I had no idea it was him. I pulled up beside him on my bicycle and told him he was using his mobile. He said he had stopped in traffic. Drivers should not be doing this and people like me serve as a deterrent.”