A man who made a video on his mobile phone while steering his sports car with his elbows has today been banned from driving for a year.
Graham Weatherup, 26, of Roma Vale, Ashbank, Hawick, was also fined 500 at Dundee Sheriff Court.
The court heard how Weatherup, a systems engineer at St Andrews University, made the film while driving between Guardbridge and Cupar in north east Fife last February.
The film, showed to a trial today, showed him setting up the camera in a residential area before putting his foot to the floor and accelerating past another car.
The video showed Weatherup, with the top down on his car, driving out of Guardbridge towards Cupar.
He initially overtakes a car while holding the camera before taking two bends while still filming at one point veering into the opposing carriageway and only returning fully to his side of the road before a car comes at him head on.
The film stops before he reaches the village of Dairsie but restarts after he leaves it.
He then lifts the camera out of the car entirely holding it above the open roof so he can take a 360 degree panoramic view.
Weatherup then focuses his camera on his wing mirror and pictures a series of cars flashing by him on the 60mph stretch of road between Dairsie and Cupar.
Weatherup claimed he was “in full control” of the car and could have reacted to any dangers.
Giving evidence in his own defence, Weatherup said: “It was the first beautiful day of the year. I was going abroad and I wanted to remember how nice it was.
“If danger had arisen I would have dropped the phone.”
Eilidh Robertson, prosecuting, described his driving as “incredibly dangerous”.
She added: “The consequences could have been catastrophic.”
Sheriff Richard McFarlane rejected a plea from Weatherup’s lawyer to find him guilty of the lesser offence of careless driving.
He said: “The film was taken over a significant distance.
“I have difficulty with how you could have been keeping a proper look out.
“How you can say you were in proper control when you were filming behind you is beyond me.”
Weatherup denied the charge of dangerous driving on summary complaint, but was found guilty today after trial.
The offence took place at around midday on February 28 last year on the A91 road.
Sheriff McFarlane fined Weatherup – who has a previous fixed penalty fine for using a mobile phone while driving – 500 and banned him from the road for a year.
He also forfeited the LG Nexus mobile phone used to make the film and ordered him to resit the extended driving test.
The sheriff added: “This was an extreme case of use of a mobile phone while driving.”