White van man puts the brake on good driving

PUBLISHED: 11:39 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:09 26 October 2009

NOW the new year is in full swing, it doesn t take long for the lunatics to take to our roads again. One of my colleagues observed an absolutely classic piece of bad driving on her way to work last week. She was coming to the Jack Oldings roundabout in Ha

NOW the new year is in full swing, it doesn't take long for the lunatics to take to our roads again.

One of my colleagues observed an absolutely classic piece of bad driving on her way to work last week.

She was coming to the Jack Oldings roundabout in Hatfield, off the A1(M), when a white van man in front of her put his emergency lights on.

Because he was right at the front of the junction to the roundabout, taking up one whole lane, she assumed he had broken down.

But, when she got a little closer, she saw something that adds a whole new dimension to not using your mobile while driving.

The engine was still running, with nothing apparently wrong with the vehicle, and the guy was just making a not-so-quick phone call.

Meanwhile, there was traffic chaos behind him as the long line of vehicles had to swerve round him, let alone the hapless motorist who got stuck behind him when he put his lights on.

Now, I know it is illegal to use your mobile while driving (unless you have hands-free).

But I am sure that doesn't mean stopping in the middle of a carriageway to take or make that important call.

There must be more appropriate places - use some common sense, please!

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