I was chairing the remand Court yesterday and the Police brought in a chap charged with dangerous driving.
In the main, UK drivers are very helpful to and forgiving of, emergency service vehicles with their "blues and twos" going.
Unfortunately, some drivers choose to take advantage of the "magic path" created.
The chap charged with dangerous driving is now very much aware that ESVs in this area are fitted with fore and aft CCTV cameras.
He tailed an ambulance through the city centre on a busy Friday afternoon during the rush hour and it is perfectly clear from the CCTV provided by the ambulance crew that by remaining dangerously close to the rear of the ambulance, he was able to pass through red lights, he thought, with impunity. Unfortunately, being that close to the ESV, he couldn't see ahead and on several occasions, when the ambulance had to slow down, the idiot nearly drove into the back.
In addition, his antics were not allowed for by other drivers who attempted to resume their journeys after the ambulance had passed only to find themselves in conflict with a car travelling at eye-watering speeds behind the ambulance, again being the cause of several near collisions.
His stupidity lasted for 14 minutes and I'd very much like to get the CCTV on YouTube as a reminder of the odd idiots we have on our roads.
The ambulance driver, in interview, stated that the passenger in the ambulance was in the throes of a major MI and that, had there been any delay, the outcome would probably have been fatal.
Faced with such evidence, the idiot pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified and with no insurance and we remanded the defendant in custody to the Crown Court for sentencing based upon what we had seen on the CCTV and his previous record. He is on a suspended custodial sentence, handed down by the Crown Court, some 5 weeks ago, for the same sort of offence. With any luck, he'll go before the same Judge.