Driving experts have hit out after a car was filmed overtaking several vehicles on a major road behaviour that could have had deadly consequences.
Eric Manzie, 57, from Cupar, caught the incident, on the A92 near Rathillet in Fife, on a dashcam. He said: “I saw him coming up from behind, where he overtook two or three cars.
“He then passed me and the two vehicles in front of me. The van in front had to brake to let him back in. This kind of driving gets people killed.”
Paul Watters, head of roads policy at the AA, branded it “careless”. He said: “That was a particularly risky piece of driving, though perhaps not illegal in itself.
“The double white lines were ‘broken’ so could be legally crossed, but the Know Your Traffic Signs booklet states: ‘Hatched markings with a single, broken boundary line may be used at the edge of the road or next to the central reservation of a dual carriageway: the diagonal lines always slope towards the direction of travel. You should not enter any hatched area bounded by a broken line unless it is safe to do so’. I think the killer point is ‘if it is safe to do so’.
“I was shocked by the overtaking vehicle. It was pretty foolhardy and the outcome could have been very different if the vehicle exiting the junction had moved out. Thankfully, they saw the risk. This was a classic accident scenario.
“Thank heavens we didn’t capture the full potential horror on the dashcam on this occasion.”
James McLoughlin, a spokesman for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “This is a shocking example of bad behaviour on the road.
“Overtaking, particularly in the manner of the driver in this video, is not only risky, but highly dangerous. In trying to save a few minutes time, this driver was risking their own life and the lives of other drivers.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police Scotland is committed to keeping the country’s road network safe and regularly conduct high-visibility patrols on all routes to deter and detect any reckless, dangerous or inappropriate driving behaviours.
“Any motorists found to be driving in a manner that puts themselves or others in risk of harm will be dealt with appropriately.”