Careless Driver Charged For Using a Smartphone, Headphones and Tablet

Feb 10, 2015 04:00 PM EST | Matt Mercuro

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Shocking footage of a careless driver using a smartphone, listening to earphones and watching a tablet at the same time during rush hour traffic has gone viral thanks to a cyclist's helmet camera.

The video, which was filmed on Queen's Road in Aberdeen, shows the cyclist pulling up next to a Land Rover before he points out a male driver's head-scratching driving habits.

"This bloke is driving a 3 tonne Land Rover in town, looking at a mobile phone, laptop and wearing headphones on both ears," said the cyclist on his YouTube pages. "Not only he's not paying any attention to the road, I suspect he's not even on this planet."

The man can be seen turning off his tablet and driving off after he realizes he's been caught on camera.

Footage of the commuter was then uploaded to the unidentified cyclist's YouTube channel, Aberdeen Cycle Cam, to shame the driver.

"Usually I tell drivers to put their mobile phone down, but in this case I was at a loss for words," the cyclist said. according to Yahoo News. "I've seen worse drivers - from close overtakes, to abusive behavior, red light jumpers and just pure impatience behind the wheel. I can't say which one was worse."

The video has gone viral since being uploaded four days ago, pulling in 122,000 hits at press time.

A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed that a man has been charged for the incident, according to The Telegraph.

"Police Scotland can confirm that, following inquiries into footage showing a road traffic matter on Queens Road, Aberdeen, a 46-year-old man has been charged and reported to the procurator fiscal," the spokesperson said. "The incident took place on February 5. It is anticipated the male will appear in court at a later date."

The careless driver has also been slammed by road safety groups and people in the community.

"It's a clear example of breaking the law on mobile phone use and the driver should be ashamed to be taking such risks for the sake of keeping in touch," said Neil Greig, research and policy director at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

Commuters, learn from this man. Put your devices down until you get to your destination, because you never know who is watching.

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