Careless & Dangerous Driving

Facebook video convicted motorist of dangerous driving

A motorist who uploaded a video of his driving onto Facebook has been jailed after a court convicted him of dangerous driving.

The 21-year-old from East Sussex uploaded a video of himself driving with a car full of smoke after his passenger deliberately let off a fire extinguisher inside the vehicle.

The footage shows the driver filming the incident on his mobile phone as he continues to drive.

A member of the public reported the video to the police and officers were able to identify the driver and passenger.

The driver was found guilty of dangerous driving at Lewes Crown Court.  He was sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment, disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

PC Anna Batchelor said: ‘I hope this deters other motorists from behaving in this manner while driving. 

‘The driver accepted that he was stupid but did not accept that his driving was dangerous.  A jury thought otherwise and found him guilty of the offence.

‘What he did was reckless and could have serious consequences.  The sentence reflects the seriousness of the incident.

‘We will act on information given to us about motoring offences and I would encourage anyone to come forward if they know of people driving dangerously.’

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