Friday, 23 March 2012

Extreme Driving, Brighton Style…

A father-of-three says a woman drove at him when he asked for her details after a prang in the street.
And there’s video?
Mr Andersson said he was driving west past Sackville Road when he realised his car had been bumped from behind.

The 37-year-old said he pulled over to ask the driver of the Toyota behind for her details but when he got out near Hove Cemetery and tried to speak to her she would not wind down her window.

He said when he got out his phone to record her number plate, the woman drove towards him.

Footage from his phone shows a car driving towards him, then apparently knocking him out of the way.
Sussex Police confirmed it had a report of a “road rage incident” at 1.45pm yesterday.

The force said in a statement: “Following a minor crash, the man driving the first car pulled over and signalled for the woman driving the second car to stop so they could exchange details.

"He reports that the woman did not stop, but instead her car clipped him, knocking him over. There was no reported injury.

“Police are investigating and have the registration numbers of the cars involved, so are not releasing details at this time while the driver who left the scene is traced.”
And meanwhile, the important details are being attended to:
Mr Andersson, a car dealer from Hove, said he suffered a graze on his arm.

Last night he was planning to seek medical advice about whether he was more seriously injured.

Mind you, there’s probably a damned good reason why she didn’t want to get out of her car in Brighton:
A man has appeared in court following a road rage incident in which a mother was dragged out of a car in front of her young children.

The 31-year-old victim had to be treated at Worthing Hospital for a head injury after she was assaulted in West Street, Sompting, on Thursday, January 26.

She was pulled from her silver Vauxhall Zafira and thrown to the ground by a man who was driving a black Renault Clio.

She was also pushed by a woman who was a passenger in the Renault Clio and her car was damaged.
Declan Peake, 19, of North Road, Portslade, has been charged with causing criminal damage and assault.

He appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court and was bailed to appear at the same court on April 12 for the case to be committed to crown court.
It’ll be interesting to see what his defence is…


Anonymous said...

For quite a few years now, Police officers have advised women drivers, especially when alone, not to exit their vehicle in the case of an alleged collision but to lower their window slightly, after ensuring their doors are locked,and advising the other driver that they intend to drive to the nearest Police station where their details can be exchanged in the presence of a Police officer. The problem is that now, there are no Police stations, the local Council offices with Police desks are closed, and there are no Police officers, so my personal advice is to go home, phone the local Police (or some call centre in Hydrabad), tell them what may have happened and because they are lone females and feel vulnerable, they will report the incident in the morning to the local Council Offices where the nearest Police(related) presence is and request that their message is logged in its entirety to avoid allegations of failing to comply with the Road Traffic Act. However, if in Brighton, suggest an Uzi hidden under the front passenger seat. The safety is on the left hand side just behind the trigger guard and can be de-activated with a thumb, leaving the index finger on the trigger. For further advice, be aware that if the trigger is held depressed, the gun tends to drag upwards to the right!

JuliaM said...

Yes, I've always been advised never to stop if I'm alone and it's a 'dodgy' area, but to drive to the nearest police station.

That might indeed be quite a drive, though, given how many of them are being closed!

And what about rural locations? Though I suppose you're more likely to have a gun.. ;)