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    Angry What would you do? (Dangerous Cars)

    I saw a Clio with a rear wheel fit to fall off on my way into Bristol this morning, it was so badly fitted that it swayed 2 or 3 inches each time it rotated. As we were in slow traffic I jumped out to warn the driver, who ignored me and drove off when I tapped his window...

    And people with no brake lights worry me too, as I see loads of them about.

    So I wrote to the Police for advice on what to do:

    Quote Originally Posted by My Email to Gloucestershire Police
    Hello
    I want advice on what to do if I see a dangerous vehicle on the road.

    e.g.1: Driving into Bristol this morning I was behind a Renault Clio, who's
    rear left wheel was obviously not bolted on safely, as the whole wheel was
    wobbling by a few inches as it rotated. As we were in slow moving traffic I
    took an opportunity to leave my vehicle (hazard lights on) and run to his to

    alert the driver. The driver didn't stop when I tapped the window, he may
    have felt intimidated and not wanted to talk to me. I shouted to warn him
    but he drove off.

    e.g.2: Also, there have been many many occasions when I have been behind
    vehicles with no working brake lights at all. (All 2 or 3 bulbs broken). I
    consider this to be very dangerous too. Obviously I leave a large gap and
    try to anticipate their braking, but I think the driver needs to be warned
    before they cause an accident.

    It's not always possible to pull alongside and warn the driver, and I don't
    always feel comfortable attempting to warn the driver. (They may be
    aggressive etc etc)

    I have considered having my passenger call 999, and then follow the vehicle
    at a distance until police arrive to address the driver. Is this
    appropriate?

    I don't feel right just doing nothing, as they are a danger to themselves
    and others and may not even be aware of it. Any advice on this issue is
    appreciated.

    Regards
    [MY NAME]
    Here's what they wrote back:
    Quote Originally Posted by Gloucestershire Police wrote back
    Dear Mr [MY NAME]
    Thank you for your e-mail.

    As a passing motorist observing a defect on a passing car, there is not much
    to add to what you have already done. It is very difficult to get a drivers
    attention to stop especially in this day and age when you don't know if the
    other person can be trusted.

    Dialling 999 would possibly be considered misuse of the emergency system as
    something listed below would not be classed as an emergency. And by
    following the vehicle yourself, could put you at risk. I would not recommend
    this action.

    Where you may have been unsuccesful in raising the awreness of the defect to
    the driver, another motorist may have been.

    I know this is probably not the answer you were looking for but the police
    would not make this a priority.

    Regards
    Linda Hook
    Senior Operator
    What would YOU do if you saw a car with no working brakelights, or with a wheel about to fall off? Would you try to warn the driver, and how? Or would you ignor it, and why?
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    thats fubar tbh! sums up our boys in blue to a tee. They dont give a sh*t until something happens and then as soon as it does they want to know why (in the case of the clio) the problem wasn't sorted. They are quick to move but only after something happens, you would of thought they would thank you for bringing to their attention and prevention is better than cure imho. I would try and warn the driver if i could.
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    one of the main problems with telling other drivers about problems with their cars whilst on the move, flats tires, faulty brakelights etc, is communication imo.
    if the police arn't willing to do anyhting about it untill something happens i think there should be a way we motorists can comunicate with each other without it possibly comming accross as aggressive behaviour (such as the window tapping), hand gestures or something(which people are already used to using on the road) so that you can tell people whats wrong with their car.

    saying that if i see someone with broken tail lights after i have tried to warn them once or twice i change routes to avoid haveing to follow such a risk and just hope others try to do the same

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    Always try and notify the driver that there is a problem....
    failing that, probably best to report it to your local police station...

    then get all your mates to report it aswell....although a 'low priority' they are obliged to investigate it.

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    if the wheel came off the car and hit a predestrian it would be a very different story!! Although there is little they could do.

    Maybe they should have a secondary phone number for low priority cases that a police officer could deal with if local, or with not much to do. The problem with that would be very little would be delt with and they would only blame poor funds if it was questioned. For motorway instances they could always give certain powers to the new "highway agency" vehicles though.
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    Total joke mate !

    I pointed something similar out to a guy on the A303 yesterday, he just nodded and put his thumbs up ..... what can you do

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    Its the same with these idiots who drive along at night with their full lamps on and fog lights, and you see drivers in front of you instinctively drifting away from them, dangerously close to the kerbside...and then you cant see anything else as you're blinded for the next few minutes. I was under the impression the police can pull you for it - regardless, its flipping dangerous. I havent even got foglights on mine and I can drive at night ok lol

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    I am pretty dissapointed with the cops. I really think that preventing an accident is far better than just picking up the pieces and (possibly) prosecuting someone afterwards.

    I find it unbelievable that they dont seem to want to discuss the causes of accidents or offecnces and dont care if I want to report a dangerous vehical...

    I think Im gonna take my camera in the car and get clips of kn0bends, then email the police with them. I bet they STILL wouldnt do anything, even with video evidence!
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