Police crackdown on tailgating following Epping driver footage

Essex Police have begun a crackdown on inconsiderate drivers after a van was filmed trying to bully a police car into speeding, on the M25, Epping.

Operation Safeway was prompted after the driver was recorded tailgating the unmarked police car, in the outside lane of the motorway.

The driver took both hands off of the wheel to gesture to the police car and flashed his lights, whilst he drove within a foot of the rear of the plain car, at 70 mph.

Police say that they are going to be travelling around the county, to try and spot drivers who are putting innocent lives at risk, through bullying and careless driving.

Sgt Simon Willsher of the Essex Police Casualty Reduction Unit said:” "We will be looking at drivers whose driving is not up the standard expected of a competent full licence holder.

“This could include impatience at junctions, undertaking and any other situation where a driver or rider may be inconvenienced or placed at risk by the behaviour of another driver.

"By using cars and motorbikes with video recording equipment we can speed up the court process and it may not be necessary for officers to go to court for cases that are contested.”

Operation Safeway, which began in Epping, will run alongside other road safety campaigns currently being carried out in the county, such as No Excuses.

Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s Casualty Reduction Manager, said that careless and inconsiderate driving is a big issue in the area.

He said: “We are receiving increasing numbers of complaints and concerns in relation to poor driving behaviour.

"Poor driving behaviour features as a factor within many road traffic collisions which all too often leads to fatal or serious injuries.

“This behaviour can also lead to minor collisions that can serious delays and disruption to busy main routes such as the A12, A13 and M25 and M11.”

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6:00pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Stow Cat says...

Wow, "inconsiderate" is such a polite word for this type of driving. I'd call it Really Really Dangerous!!! I hope they throw the book at drivers like this. And speeders. And the ones on their phones. And the ones jumping red lights.
Wow, "inconsiderate" is such a polite word for this type of driving. I'd call it Really Really Dangerous!!! I hope they throw the book at drivers like this. And speeders. And the ones on their phones. And the ones jumping red lights. Stow Cat
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6:07pm Wed 6 Feb 13

ruby newbie says...

happened to me this morning on the A12.think we could all do with cameras on our cars.......
happened to me this morning on the A12.think we could all do with cameras on our cars....... ruby newbie
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6:47pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

When idiots sit in the middle lane doing 70 MPH, when the nearside lane is clear, as though they are acting lawfully, without a care in the World they are as much as driving without do care as the white van man who is weaving in
and out the traffic.

They force people into the outside lane unnecessarily.
When idiots sit in the middle lane doing 70 MPH, when the nearside lane is clear, as though they are acting lawfully, without a care in the World they are as much as driving without do care as the white van man who is weaving in and out the traffic. They force people into the outside lane unnecessarily. Cornbeefur
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7:24pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
When idiots sit in the middle lane doing 70 MPH, when the nearside lane is clear, as though they are acting lawfully, without a care in the World they are as much as driving without do care as the white van man who is weaving in
and out the traffic.

They force people into the outside lane unnecessarily.
What has this drivel got to do with the report?

If you look at the film, you will see that the police car which was travelling at 70mph was in the outside lane and even non-drivers know that 70mph is the limit.

What you appear to be suggesting is that drivers doing 70 when the nearside lane is clear should move into it so that speeding motorists can pass them. Tut, tut!
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: When idiots sit in the middle lane doing 70 MPH, when the nearside lane is clear, as though they are acting lawfully, without a care in the World they are as much as driving without do care as the white van man who is weaving in and out the traffic. They force people into the outside lane unnecessarily.[/p][/quote]What has this drivel got to do with the report? If you look at the film, you will see that the police car which was travelling at 70mph was in the outside lane and even non-drivers know that 70mph is the limit. What you appear to be suggesting is that drivers doing 70 when the nearside lane is clear should move into it so that speeding motorists can pass them. Tut, tut! Helen, Walthamstow
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7:31pm Wed 6 Feb 13

papalansar says...

woah. That has to be some of the most dangerous tailgating I've ever seen - to a police car as well.

I want to know what punishment this driver received.
woah. That has to be some of the most dangerous tailgating I've ever seen - to a police car as well. I want to know what punishment this driver received. papalansar
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8:04pm Wed 6 Feb 13

stickmanny says...

I'm guessing not an awful lot, since killing someone with careless driving is worth a suspended sentence.
I'm guessing not an awful lot, since killing someone with careless driving is worth a suspended sentence. stickmanny
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9:13pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Tom Thumb says...

Essex Police need look no further than the southbound lane of the M11 leading off to the eastbound North Circular. The road lay out requires drivers to be in the fast lane to turn off, which is at this point a 50 mph limit. Stick to 50 mph and you'll soon find someone an inch behind, flashing their lights.
Of course what is really needed is lots and lots of speed cameras here, rather than the one at the start of this section of the motorway which is the one which caught Chris Huhne MP.
But as we know Essex County Council is a Conservative council, and Conservatives are ideologically on the side of the yob, lawless driver.
Essex Police need look no further than the southbound lane of the M11 leading off to the eastbound North Circular. The road lay out requires drivers to be in the fast lane to turn off, which is at this point a 50 mph limit. Stick to 50 mph and you'll soon find someone an inch behind, flashing their lights. Of course what is really needed is lots and lots of speed cameras here, rather than the one at the start of this section of the motorway which is the one which caught Chris Huhne MP. But as we know Essex County Council is a Conservative council, and Conservatives are ideologically on the side of the yob, lawless driver. Tom Thumb
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12:40am Thu 7 Feb 13

Trevor 2 says...

Why are the company name and registration number pixilated? There can be NO doubt an offence was commited in the video and details of what is probably a cowboy roofer should be there for all to see!
Why are the company name and registration number pixilated? There can be NO doubt an offence was commited in the video and details of what is probably a cowboy roofer should be there for all to see! Trevor 2
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1:05am Thu 7 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
When idiots sit in the middle lane doing 70 MPH, when the nearside lane is clear, as though they are acting lawfully, without a care in the World they are as much as driving without do care as the white van man who is weaving in
and out the traffic.

They force people into the outside lane unnecessarily.
What has this drivel got to do with the report?

If you look at the film, you will see that the police car which was travelling at 70mph was in the outside lane and even non-drivers know that 70mph is the limit.

What you appear to be suggesting is that drivers doing 70 when the nearside lane is clear should move into it so that speeding motorists can pass them. Tut, tut!
No, I agree with what you say but I mean the middle lanes?
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: When idiots sit in the middle lane doing 70 MPH, when the nearside lane is clear, as though they are acting lawfully, without a care in the World they are as much as driving without do care as the white van man who is weaving in and out the traffic. They force people into the outside lane unnecessarily.[/p][/quote]What has this drivel got to do with the report? If you look at the film, you will see that the police car which was travelling at 70mph was in the outside lane and even non-drivers know that 70mph is the limit. What you appear to be suggesting is that drivers doing 70 when the nearside lane is clear should move into it so that speeding motorists can pass them. Tut, tut![/p][/quote]No, I agree with what you say but I mean the middle lanes? Cornbeefur
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7:40am Thu 7 Feb 13

the only way is essex says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
When idiots sit in the middle lane doing 70 MPH, when the nearside lane is clear, as though they are acting lawfully, without a care in the World they are as much as driving without do care as the white van man who is weaving in
and out the traffic.

They force people into the outside lane unnecessarily.
What has this drivel got to do with the report?

If you look at the film, you will see that the police car which was travelling at 70mph was in the outside lane and even non-drivers know that 70mph is the limit.

What you appear to be suggesting is that drivers doing 70 when the nearside lane is clear should move into it so that speeding motorists can pass them. Tut, tut!
The outside lane is for overtaking .
The car behind you my be a responding
police un marked car.
You might think your traveling at 70 mph but is your speedo accurate.
If the diver behind wants to travle at 77 mph its not your job to police the roads.
They may become agitated and chance a dangerous maneuver .
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: When idiots sit in the middle lane doing 70 MPH, when the nearside lane is clear, as though they are acting lawfully, without a care in the World they are as much as driving without do care as the white van man who is weaving in and out the traffic. They force people into the outside lane unnecessarily.[/p][/quote]What has this drivel got to do with the report? If you look at the film, you will see that the police car which was travelling at 70mph was in the outside lane and even non-drivers know that 70mph is the limit. What you appear to be suggesting is that drivers doing 70 when the nearside lane is clear should move into it so that speeding motorists can pass them. Tut, tut![/p][/quote]The outside lane is for overtaking . The car behind you my be a responding police un marked car. You might think your traveling at 70 mph but is your speedo accurate. If the diver behind wants to travle at 77 mph its not your job to police the roads. They may become agitated and chance a dangerous maneuver . the only way is essex
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8:36am Thu 7 Feb 13

AndyBSG says...

I wish they'd kept the camera running to show the drivers face when they put their police lights on and pulled him over!
I wish they'd kept the camera running to show the drivers face when they put their police lights on and pulled him over! AndyBSG
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10:45am Thu 7 Feb 13

VillageIdiot69 says...

It had to happen sooner or later, I actually agree with a Cornbeefur comment !

The Highway Code states that "You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past."

I must admit that I thought that was the case but checked as I couldn't believe I was agreeing with Cornbeefur !
It had to happen sooner or later, I actually agree with a Cornbeefur comment ! The Highway Code states that "You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past." I must admit that I thought that was the case but checked as I couldn't believe I was agreeing with Cornbeefur ! VillageIdiot69
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11:32am Thu 7 Feb 13

Dave mp says...

Trevor 2 wrote:
Why are the company name and registration number pixilated? There can be NO doubt an offence was commited in the video and details of what is probably a cowboy roofer should be there for all to see!
Surely these should be shown as the driver is obviously guilty of being a 100% total "*&***'. I wonder what his 'punishment' will be, if any?
[quote][p][bold]Trevor 2[/bold] wrote: Why are the company name and registration number pixilated? There can be NO doubt an offence was commited in the video and details of what is probably a cowboy roofer should be there for all to see![/p][/quote]Surely these should be shown as the driver is obviously guilty of being a 100% total "*&***'. I wonder what his 'punishment' will be, if any? Dave mp
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11:46am Thu 7 Feb 13

Wizza_b says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote: When idiots sit in the middle lane doing 70 MPH, when the nearside lane is clear, as though they are acting lawfully, without a care in the World they are as much as driving without do care as the white van man who is weaving in and out the traffic. They force people into the outside lane unnecessarily.
What has this drivel got to do with the report? If you look at the film, you will see that the police car which was travelling at 70mph was in the outside lane and even non-drivers know that 70mph is the limit. What you appear to be suggesting is that drivers doing 70 when the nearside lane is clear should move into it so that speeding motorists can pass them. Tut, tut!
No, I agree with what you say but I mean the middle lanes?
totally agree, the middle and right hand lane are both for overtaking only. too many people sit in the middle lane which is just as dangerous.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: When idiots sit in the middle lane doing 70 MPH, when the nearside lane is clear, as though they are acting lawfully, without a care in the World they are as much as driving without do care as the white van man who is weaving in and out the traffic. They force people into the outside lane unnecessarily.[/p][/quote]What has this drivel got to do with the report? If you look at the film, you will see that the police car which was travelling at 70mph was in the outside lane and even non-drivers know that 70mph is the limit. What you appear to be suggesting is that drivers doing 70 when the nearside lane is clear should move into it so that speeding motorists can pass them. Tut, tut![/p][/quote]No, I agree with what you say but I mean the middle lanes?[/p][/quote]totally agree, the middle and right hand lane are both for overtaking only. too many people sit in the middle lane which is just as dangerous. Wizza_b
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11:49am Thu 7 Feb 13

Wizza_b says...

going back to the post, this film is outrageously dangerous. This van driver should have his licence taken away.
going back to the post, this film is outrageously dangerous. This van driver should have his licence taken away. Wizza_b
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12:19pm Thu 7 Feb 13

tjm01 says...

Well well well Cornbeefer yet another police officer not hiding in a cafe,what ever next.

On a serious note one can only imagine the carnage which may have been caused if the police car had to brake or slow down suddenly, lets hope the van driver is banned for a very long time
Well well well Cornbeefer yet another police officer not hiding in a cafe,what ever next. On a serious note one can only imagine the carnage which may have been caused if the police car had to brake or slow down suddenly, lets hope the van driver is banned for a very long time tjm01
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3:37pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Thunderbird4 says...

I didn't see the speed on the video; didn't see 70mph, anywhere.

Was the police car going slower than 70mph?

Was the van driver arrested?
I didn't see the speed on the video; didn't see 70mph, anywhere. Was the police car going slower than 70mph? Was the van driver arrested? Thunderbird4
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10:41pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Johnny Boy says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
When idiots sit in the middle lane doing 70 MPH, when the nearside lane is clear, as though they are acting lawfully, without a care in the World they are as much as driving without do care as the white van man who is weaving in
and out the traffic.

They force people into the outside lane unnecessarily.
Zzzzzzz!
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: When idiots sit in the middle lane doing 70 MPH, when the nearside lane is clear, as though they are acting lawfully, without a care in the World they are as much as driving without do care as the white van man who is weaving in and out the traffic. They force people into the outside lane unnecessarily.[/p][/quote]Zzzzzzz! Johnny Boy
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