Motorist faces brush with the law after being caught on camera brushing his teeth on motorway
Published 21/11/2016 | 17:50
A father caught the moment a motorist appeared to brush his teeth while driving down the motorway for more than five minutes.
Robert Tulip (42) from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, was on his way to Blackburn on October 13 with his wife when he noticed the driver in the car next to him appearing to still be completing his morning routine.
The support worker claims the motorist was cleaning his teeth for around five minutes and using a travel mug to spit into while driving 50 to 60 miles per hour along the M62.
Mr Tulip shot the footage to show his wife Lisa, who was driving and didn't believe it was actually happening.
Even though the incident amused Robert he admits these "stupid" actions can risk lives and hopes the video will 'shame' the motorist and make other drivers think twice.
Mr Tulip said: "It's such a distraction. The video only shows a little part of what I saw. I was trying to prove what he was doing. I don't think he was aware at all that I was filming him.
"I wanted to shame him. I didn't do it for a laugh. I did it because people like that should be accountable for their actions and realise they're putting the rest of us in danger.
"There is no way you are 100 per cent committed to what is going on around you [if you are doing that].
"If it was myself and I was stupid enough to do something like that and someone filmed it I would be embarrassed and think twice about doing it again.
"We were driving along and I saw the man and it took us a mile or so to catch up with him again because he took off when we first saw it.
"A couple of more minutes later he was still doing it. Must have been about five minutes in total.
"I was half expecting him to spit out the window but he was spitting into a travel mug. It was 1pm, it was a bit of an odd time to be cleaning your teeth whilst driving.
"At first my wife thought I was joking. She thought I was having a laugh. She didn't think anyone would do that."
After Mr Tulip spotted the red Vauxhall Astra driver he decided to share his dash cam footage to help raise awareness to the dangers this can cause to other drivers.
Mr Tulip said: "I ride a motorbike and you see quite a lot when you're on a bike because you observe more. I see the dangers more than most car drivers.
"What really annoys me as a motorbike driver is when people get in their cars they're in a little bubble and that puts other drivers in danger.
"I showed it to the friend we were visiting and he thought it was hilarious. At first I thought it was funny but when he was continuing to do it I thought he could put someone's life at risk.
"I saw the funny side of it. It's funny as long as nobody was getting hurt. I've not seen any one doing it before. I've seen plenty of people using their phones.
"They don't realise the consequences of it and it's the same with this. You get car drivers going 100 mile an hour without getting fined or prosecuted and it puts the rest of us in danger.
"I want to try and raise awareness to these dangers."