Delivery driver banned after skipping queue and forcing head-on traffic to swerve out of the way WITH VIDEO

The van overtaking on a rainy A22

The van overtaking on a rainy A22

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A delivery driver who endangered other motorists because he was fed up with waiting in a queue has been banned from the roads.

Rick Garrison was caught on camera driving on the wrong side of the road and forcing oncoming cars to swerve out of the way.

The footage was recorded on the dashboard camera of a motorist heading south on the A22 at Halland, who passed it to police after the incident in September last year.

Traffic was queuing behind a tractor and trailer travelling at about 15mph but Garrison decided to overtake them by crossing the double white lines in the centre of the road in his white Mercedes Sprinter van.

Garrison, of Baas Hill Close, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, was only in Sussex to make a delivery.

The 50-year-old pleaded guilty to dangerous driving when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on July 14.

He was banned from driving for 12 months and was ordered to do 160 hours of community service and pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

PC Martyn Quick said: “Garrison put other drivers in danger by ignoring the road markings, other traffic and common sense – all to save himself a delay of a few minutes.

“That decision has now cost him his licence, the use of the roads and many hours of his time as punishment and appearing in court.

“Road markings are there for a reason. If you ignore them and put yourself or other people at risk we will prosecute you.”

If you see someone driving antisocially, text the details of the vehicle to 80360 or report the incident at www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.

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3:36pm Thu 7 Aug 14

firemanste says...

good job this dick could of killed people in the rain because he was in a hurry.more people should buy these cameras
good job this dick could of killed people in the rain because he was in a hurry.more people should buy these cameras firemanste
  • Score: 17

4:01pm Thu 7 Aug 14

CharlotteP says...

Good, good, good! Sick of people driving like this.
Good, good, good! Sick of people driving like this. CharlotteP
  • Score: 8

6:46pm Thu 7 Aug 14

RootyRoo says...

Judging by the bad driving I've just seen on my way back from work I think more vehicles should have these cameras. Bad drivers don't get prosecuted unless there is evidence.
Judging by the bad driving I've just seen on my way back from work I think more vehicles should have these cameras. Bad drivers don't get prosecuted unless there is evidence. RootyRoo
  • Score: 9

9:57pm Thu 7 Aug 14

matlock says...

I was on the A27 near beddingham a couple of weeks ago and witnessed an artic lorry with polish plates overtaking a car (doing 40mph) which forced oncoming cars to swerve into the verge. Probably the most reckless thing I have seen on the road. I wish I'd had a dashboard camera for that.
I was on the A27 near beddingham a couple of weeks ago and witnessed an artic lorry with polish plates overtaking a car (doing 40mph) which forced oncoming cars to swerve into the verge. Probably the most reckless thing I have seen on the road. I wish I'd had a dashboard camera for that. matlock
  • Score: 2

9:31am Fri 8 Aug 14

Ash Brighton says...

RootyRoo wrote:
Judging by the bad driving I've just seen on my way back from work I think more vehicles should have these cameras. Bad drivers don't get prosecuted unless there is evidence.
They're not too expensive either (just do some thorough research before buying).

They also help protect you against some insurance scams. It's a wonder why more people don't have them already really.

I do think an increase in cameras could lead to safer roads but time will tell. The amount of people using dash cams (and helmet cams for that matter) are on the rise.

Now if only the police would accept footage of drivers using their phones at the wheel as prosecuting material...
[quote][p][bold]RootyRoo[/bold] wrote: Judging by the bad driving I've just seen on my way back from work I think more vehicles should have these cameras. Bad drivers don't get prosecuted unless there is evidence.[/p][/quote]They're not too expensive either (just do some thorough research before buying). They also help protect you against some insurance scams. It's a wonder why more people don't have them already really. I do think an increase in cameras could lead to safer roads but time will tell. The amount of people using dash cams (and helmet cams for that matter) are on the rise. Now if only the police would accept footage of drivers using their phones at the wheel as prosecuting material... Ash Brighton
  • Score: 3

9:38am Fri 8 Aug 14

BenUk says...

I do not like people who grass on people you should all watch your own business and not other peoples.
England is fully of snobby green noses who has there noses up other peoples back sides like a bunch of dogs!
I do not like people who grass on people you should all watch your own business and not other peoples. England is fully of snobby green noses who has there noses up other peoples back sides like a bunch of dogs! BenUk
  • Score: -7

9:55am Fri 8 Aug 14

Ash Brighton says...

BenUk wrote:
I do not like people who grass on people you should all watch your own business and not other peoples.
England is fully of snobby green noses who has there noses up other peoples back sides like a bunch of dogs!
If he was allowed to continue driving like that he would inevitably cause an accident.

If you cannot see the rationale behind reporting poor/ dangerous driving then I sincerely hope no one ever gives you control of any means of transport other than your own two legs.

If someone puts me or someone else in danger then I will report it because not only is it my social responsibility to do but it helps raise the safety level of the roads for everyone.

If you have any children, I'm sure you'd be quick enough to inform the police of any person who put them in danger rather than stick to your no 'grassing' principal and let that drive carry on unpunished.
[quote][p][bold]BenUk[/bold] wrote: I do not like people who grass on people you should all watch your own business and not other peoples. England is fully of snobby green noses who has there noses up other peoples back sides like a bunch of dogs![/p][/quote]If he was allowed to continue driving like that he would inevitably cause an accident. If you cannot see the rationale behind reporting poor/ dangerous driving then I sincerely hope no one ever gives you control of any means of transport other than your own two legs. If someone puts me or someone else in danger then I will report it because not only is it my social responsibility to do but it [hopefully] helps raise the safety level of the roads for everyone. If you have any children, I'm sure you'd be quick enough to inform the police of any person who put them in danger rather than stick to your no 'grassing' principal and let that drive carry on unpunished. Ash Brighton
  • Score: 4

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