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Road safety charity warns that distractions have devastating consequences

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A driver was recently caught on camera eating her breakfast as she drove through rush hour traffic.

The motorist had stopped at a red light in Bromley, London and was spotted with a bowl of cereal by an astonished motorcyclist.

At one stage the woman had both hands full despite being in control of her vehicle. She was also seen using her phone at the wheel.

The incident was caught on the motorcyclist’s helmet camera and  the video uploaded to YouTube.

“I just spotted it out of the corner of my eye and shuffled back to see what was happening because I didn’t believe it,” said the 28-year-old, who did not want to be named.

“It really shocked me – but I’ve seen a lot of strange things in London. I’ve seen a lot more people using their phones in the last few months, it’s getting worse.”

Road safety experts were mortified by the footage and warned drivers that distractions such as this can lead to collisions in which people are killed or seriously injured.

A Brake spokesman said: “To see a driver so blatantly not concentrating on what they are doing is a huge insult to the families we work with.

“As a charity we support many families who have had loved ones killed by drivers not giving the road their full attention, because they were eating, using a mobile phone, or otherwise distracted.

“Driving is the most complex and dangerous task that most of us do on a regular basis and we can’t afford to treat our cars as an extension of our kitchen.”

At Lester Morrill, our Road Traffic team has a wealth of experience representing those charged with offences including speeding, careless driving and using a mobile phone at the wheel. For more advice about how our solicitors can assist, please contact us today.