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How to stop a dangerous driver?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
The son one of our neighbours across the street drives in a dangerous manner. He is driving a fast Golf Gti and one day he will kill someone or himself.

On the A road near our town (A38 in Gloucestershire), in the road leading to our street (Where there was at list one deadly accident last year) he performs very dangerous overtaking, some time overtaking 8 cars in a row on blind spots and I saw him more than once forcing oncoming traffic to swerve toward the road verge.

At the moment there are many tractors on this road due to the harvest and post-harvest season, and this morning he almost drove at what looked like 70 mph to the side of oncoming manure wagon.

This is an everyday pattern during the morning commute. I actually now leaves a bit earlier than him so I can avoid this danger.

who should I report it to? his parents? to the local police? someone down the local told me that the police don't actually do much about these things as they are so common.:eek:
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  • King_NothingKing_Nothing Forumite
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    I'd say mind your own business, but if you want to report it to the police, go for it.
  • DKLSDKLS Forumite
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    Leave him to it, its only a matter of time before the inevitable will happen. I used to live in a village that was on a popular run for boy racers.

    There was one particular corner that would catch the unwary out, to the boy racer it looked like a fast corner, to the locals we all knew to go steady round there as on the apex of the corner was where his cows crossed from one field to another.

    On average that corner claimed 2-3 deaths a year, the combination of a dry stone wall and boy racer dont mix well.
  • LirinLirin Forumite
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    You can report to police, but if you do, any specific details will help- road he uses, time, etc...
  • avantraavantra Forumite
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    DKLS wrote: »
    Leave him to it, its only a matter of time before the inevitable will happen. I used to live in a village that was on a popular run for boy racers.

    There was one particular corner that would catch the unwary out, to the boy racer it looked like a fast corner, to the locals we all knew to go steady round there as on the apex of the corner was where his cows crossed from one field to another.

    On average that corner claimed 2-3 deaths a year, the combination of a dry stone wall and boy racer dont mix well.

    Thanks for that, but I am not sure that the Darwinian natural selection approach and other road users is mixing well, what if he takes someone else with him?
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    avantra wrote: »
    Thanks for that, but I am not sure that the Darwinian natural selection approach and other road users is mixing well, what if he takes someone else with him?

    In an ideal world the only person they would take out would be another future darwins award candidate, but there is always that risk that they take out innocents.

    Thankfully the road I mentioned whilst I lived there at least only claimed the deserving.

    Seriously I cant think of anything that would have an effect on him other than a crash or very close call, presumably he knows the local roads very well, has a powerful car and thinks he is invincible after years of driving on mario kart.

    I wouldn't think a stern word from a cop would help much, I have a friend who is a doc at a A+E dept and last year he did a presentation for the local college kids on exactly what can happen in a car crash in full technicolour :eek:, a week later one of the kids was in his dept having his life saved after a crash in his mothers sports car.
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    i would phone your local police and explain whats happening. They may well be able to have a quiet word with him.

    In my youth, i remember a guy used to drive like a nut job every morning on the way to work. One morning the local plod were waiting at a junction and pulled him over and gave him a right talking to, saying they'd had various reports, etc. It did slow him down.

    If he killed himself and some young family you'd never forgive yourself for not reporting him.
  • The Police won't do anything even if you do report it, he can drive as dangerously as he likes, but unless they catch him actually speeding nothing will happen.
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  • QuentinQuentin Forumite
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    pgilc1 wrote: »
    i would phone your local police and explain whats happening. They may well be able to have a quiet word with him.

    You are being too idealistic!

    They will "have a word" with him only after they see him doing something! Not cos somebody wastes their time phoning in and trying dobbing him in!
  • maninthestreetmaninthestreet Forumite
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    Strider590 wrote: »
    The Police won't do anything even if you do report it, he can drive as dangerously as he likes, but unless they catch him actually speeding nothing will happen.

    100% incorrect. They can act on reports from members of the public for driving issues like this, and issue a Section 59 warning - two of these in 12 months, and the car is seized.
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  • edited 30 September 2010 at 11:47AM
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    edited 30 September 2010 at 11:47AM
    Do call it in to the police, most forces will take some action based on the report.
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