Shocking footage shows an “arrogant” white van man driving on the wrong side of the road as he attempts to overtake another driver waiting patiently behind a cyclist.
Marina Hilling from Grimsby, was behind the wheel of her Land Rover on Bradley Road, when her dash cam captured the dangerous driving – 3 miles south east of the coastal town in North East Lincolnshire.
The 44-second clip recorded on November 10th, begins as Marina passes a road sign warning of a double bend ahead. Two cars pass the cyclist up ahead before overtaking is prohibited by a solid white line.
As she slows to 14 mph behind the cyclist, the video cuts to the rear camera, showing a man driving a white Vauxhall Vivaro with black stripes.
The van has been driven across the solid white line and is increasing in speed – seconds later the vehicle is on the wrong side of the road.
Marina can be heard nervously muttering “White line, white line – f*****g d**k.”
Moments later the road straightens and it’s safe to overtake the cyclist, the van finally returns to the correct side of the road narrowly missing an oncoming motorist.
Speaking today Marina, 49 said: “The driver scared me as I didn’t know if he was going to overtake or not.
“It was a blind bend, it’s clear he did not see the cyclist as I have a big vehicle.
“I hesitate before overtaking the cyclist as he spooked me and I was worried about what he was going to do next.
“When he notices the cyclist he hangs back from me as I think he realised how arrogant he had been.”
A single broken white line allows drivers to cross or overtake, providing you can complete the manoeuvre before reaching a solid white line on your side.
However the Highway Code only permits drivers to legally overtake on double white lines to pass a stationary vehicle, or one travelling at 10 mph or less.
Drivers are also legally allowed to cross over double centre lines if they need to turn into a property or side road providing it’s safe.
Rule 129 states: “Double white lines where the line nearest you is solid, means you MUST NOT cross or straddle it unless it is safe and you need to enter adjoining premises or a side road.
“You may cross the line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph or less”.
Motorists caught can be fined up to £1,000 if the case goes to court, however Police usually issue a £60 fixed penalty and three penalty points.
Edmund king, AA president, said: “Drivers need to show more courtesy on the roads. The driver behind the cyclist was doing the right thing by delaying her overtaking action until safe to do so whilst the van driver appeared to be intimidating her into a dangerous manoeuvre.
“Drivers need to be patient behind the wheel and it’s better to be held up by two minutes rather than putting other road users lives at risk.”
Last month, the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership reviewed footage of this incident, however no action has been taken despite their website stating “This partnership aims to reduce the number of people killed and injured on county roads.”
In 2017, 49 people were killed and 519 seriously injured as a result of 1,911 Road Traffic collisions on Lincolnshire’s roads.