DOZENS of bad drivers in Huddersfield have been shamed on a website.
People who spot poor driving can vent their frustrations by putting the registration numbers of an offending vehicle and what the drivers did on the website.
The site, www.betterdrivingplease.com, has more than 50 reports of car, van and lorry drivers spotted doing silly things in Huddersfield among the 12,000 incidents of bad driving logged on the website.
Andrew McGavin from BetterDrivingPlease said: “It’s a jungle out there. There are thousands of speed cameras, but also hundreds of thousands of relatively unpoliced road miles.
“Time for us road users, pedestrians and drivers to report abuses. Not the low-level errors that we all inadvertently make as part of life, but more flagrant abuse, careless, dangerous driving, speeding through the same built-up area each day, cutting-up, tailgating, illegal or unsafe vehicles, driving without tax or insurance, drink or drug driving.
“We all see it every day, but few report it. Now it’s time to report it to each other and let’s build a transparent database that police can check their records against, making our roads a safer place.’’
The details include the date of the incident, the location and the registration number of the vehicle, but we have left out the registration number on the examples quoted here.
St John’s Road, Huddersfield: Woman driver on her phone pulled out in front of a bus almost causing an accident. She then tailgated the car in front of her for about half a mile up to a set of lights. When she got through the lights she decided to overtake the car in front, still talking on her phone.
Lidget Street, Lindley: The female driver turned left without indication on to Thomas Street then straight away turned back on to Lidget Street without even looking. I had to brake very hard to avoid hitting her. Then 200 yards up the road she pulled in again without indicating and parked on a double yellow line.
Edgerton Road, Edgerton: Wagon driver on his phone steering with his elbow.
Peel Street, Marsden: Lady driver on the school run with two kids in the back of car as she was speaking on her mobile phone. At the same time she managed somehow to turn left at the junction off Warehouse Hill into Peel Street.
Bradford Road, Fartown: Undertaking then cutting up traffic approaching clearly marked roadworks at Fartown traffic lights causing the lead car to brake violently and all cars behind, narrowly avoiding shunting into each other.
Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury: Driver holding mobile phone to his left ear with his right hand – very dangerous!
Quarmby Road, Quarmby: Repetitively speeding in a 30 mph zone and not giving right of way to oncoming traffic.
Hill Top Road, Salendine Nook: The driver of the van was using his mobile phone while pulling out of a junction. Also his side door was open and a hard hat fell out into the road.
Blackmoorfoot Road, Crosland Moor: I was driving down Blackmoorfoot Road in Crosland Moor at a careful speed due to parked cars both sides of the road. The taxi overtook me downhill at speed, causing a vehicle coming up the hill to brake.
The taxi continued at a speed of well in excess of the speed limit and certainly too fast for the road conditions and environment.
At the bottom of Blackmoorfoot Road, the taxi sped across Manchester Road, hardly waiting at the give way lines to see if it was safe to cross and turned right at speed down Birkhouse Lane and nearly hit a pedestrian on the pavement.