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To think this is indefensible?

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deliakate Sat 16-Jul-11 15:45:26

See a clapped out, old-ish car hurtling down the M25, in the fast lane, swerving and weaving in and out of cars, trying to be the fastest. Very bad driving. So I look a bit closer to see what kind of nutters they are - it was a couple, with a young toddler standing, loose and unrestrained, in the passenger footwell, in front of the woman. I was flabbergasted, and genuinely felt sick. Even AIBU can't excuse this, can they?

Riveninside Sat 16-Jul-11 15:46:02

Madness

ajandjjmum Sat 16-Jul-11 15:46:09

No they can't. Did you take the number and report it?

Casmama Sat 16-Jul-11 15:46:27

No.

branstonsandcheese Sat 16-Jul-11 15:46:31

Did you take the registration? I'd've been on the phone to the police straight away.

Sirzy Sat 16-Jul-11 15:46:40

I hate seeing unrestrained children in cars.

I assume you phoned your local police station to report the bad driving/unrestrained toddler

deliakate Sat 16-Jul-11 15:48:15

I didn't. Really wish I had, I would do so again.

branstonsandcheese Sat 16-Jul-11 15:50:57

It might be worth calling (not 999, but the met maybe?), with a description of where, when and what the car looked like - motorways are covered in cameras, they may have footage?

chocolateyclur Sat 16-Jul-11 15:58:18

Definitely report if you can - as branston said even with a relatively vague description they may be able to do something.

A year or so ago I was coming out of mothercare when I saw a man, woman, toddler and newborn getting into a car. Toddler went in a car seat, pram went next to him. I then watched as man got in behind wheel, woman got in passenger seat holding baby, and off they drove. I followed whilst making now-ex phone police and report them.

whyme2 Sat 16-Jul-11 16:13:33

We had to phone 999 on the M6 once. It was dark and a flatbed truck passed us in the middle lane. None of the lights were on the truck and there wasn't even any reflective stripes. From behind you couldn't see him as I realised when he had to slow for a junction and we were then behind him. I called the police and was impressed to see the truck stopped at the M6 toll road booth and a police car in front of the truck.
I know it is not quite the same thing - ie unrestrained children put the police acted on the info and prevented what could have been a nasty accident.

lurkerspeaks Sat 16-Jul-11 18:02:43

i reported an eratically driven car on the motorway once.

The next thing I knew I was in court as a witness for a drug driving prosecution.

The police do act on stuff like this.

MsPlaced Sat 16-Jul-11 18:44:26

Pretty indefensible to have seen such a thing and done nothing about it.

deliakate Sat 16-Jul-11 18:52:57

I was actually driving myself and have a shocking memory. I'd probably have got home and reported a lovely old couple, or a single man or something....

begonyabampot Sat 16-Jul-11 19:28:00

hard to really do something if you can't remember the reg and can't use your mobile as you are driving on the motorway.

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