Two people in England were banned from driving for a year after a video showed them dangerously overtaking each other’s cars on a rural road in Northamptonshire. The images of the incident, which took place on May 21, were released by the police on Sunday. It showed Kevin Rowley and Michael Drage trying to get in front of each other, hitting the brakes and driving at high speeds. Both drivers have pleaded guilty to the crime at Northampton Magistrates’ Court, police said.
In a Facebook post, Northamptonshire Police said the video was recorded by another driver’s dashcam, involving both Mr Rowley and Ms Drage in a ‘road rage’ incident.
“The footage showed Rowley, 59, and Drage, 50, overtaking each other in their respective KIA Sportage and Mercedes cars, checking the brakes and sometimes driving at too high a speed along the rural road.” , the spokesperson said. Facebook post said.
The video showed that both drivers had “deliberately induced the other to take evasive action, endangering themselves and other road users.”
Mr Rowley and Mr Drage were charged with dangerous driving. The pair appeared before magistrates on Monday, September 4, where they pleaded guilty to the offence.
Taking into account the seriousness of the offense, both drivers have been asked to take an extended driving test to regain their license, police said.
“We take cases of poor driving very seriously and through Operation Snap, sixteen drivers have been successfully prosecuted for dangerous driving since its launch four years ago. We would like to encourage people to install dashcams to help us make our roads safer for everyone.” Officer Allsopp-Clarke said.
Mr Rowly and Mr Drage have also been ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid community work and pay £85 (Rs 8,639) costs and £114 (Rs 11,586) victim surcharge.