Wrong way driver slammed

A motorbikers campaign group has claimed driving standards in Peterborough are worse than ever after a motorist was spotted driving the wrong way round a roundabout.

Friday, 22nd April 2016, 4:39 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd April 2016, 5:44 pm
The car going the wrong way round Boongate roundabout

Dave Hammond, from the Peterborough Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) said a minority of drivers were putting lives at risk on the roads, after video of the motorist in a blue hatchback going anti-clockwise round the Boongate roundabout on Sunday night was released.

Mr Hammond, campaign manager for the group, said: “We do have concerns about some people’s driving - it does seem to be particularly bad at the moment - and have spoken to the police and the council about an education campaign for people using roundabouts. I don’t know if it is new drivers, or old drivers in bad habits, but it is as bad as ever in Peterborough

“If a biker met an oncoming car at a roundabout, there is a high chance of a fatality. We see idiot driving all the time. I know it is not the vast majority, but you remember the bad ones.

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“We see problems with people using phones, and joining a carriageway from a slip-road all the time. People seem to think they have the right of way, and join the road regardless.”

The video was filmed on a dash cam by Richard Farr. The footage was taken at 6.38pm on Sunday, and shows the car travelling in the wrong direction, before reversing and pulling a u-turn.

Mr Farr said: “It’s an unbelievably stupid bit of driving on one of the busiest junctions in Peterborough.

“Sheer stupidity and shockingly dangerous. Driver comes round the wrong way on a very busy roundabout into oncoming traffic, stops with 30mph drivers coming around the roundabout blindly, and proceeds to do a U-turn in front of me.

“They could have killed someone.”

A police spokesman said: “We would like to remind motorists of the importance of adhering to the rules of the road.

“An incident like this could have quite easily resulted in a serious collision.”