Anyone else had one of these?
I undertook two cars turning right on a dual-carriageway-linking roundabout last night. I.e. went around the outside of them. Leaving the roundabout I noted that the trailing car was now hot on my heals, undertaking the other car. I'd clearly shown him the way to get past the dawdler in front of him, and now he wanted to drive with some gusto for a bit.
Half a mile up the road and there's two police cars at the side having pulled someone over. I slow down a tad and pull into lane 2 to give them some space, but I'm still doing 85 or so, and the limit for my van is 60 on a DC. I note with interest that the other car is still right behind me - I'm surprised he didn't bottle it a bit past the (busy) police cars. Most people normally do.
Next roundabout I undertake another car while going straight across, and as a result run fairly close to a car in lane 1 as I exit before being able to get back out into lane 2. But I'm focused and alert and don't feel too bad about it...
Anyway, the car that's been following me all this time then puts his flashing blues on and pulls me over. Doh.
Still, a section 59 (a slap on the wrists basically) isn't bad considering I undertook 3 vehicles, one of them an unmarked police Fiesta ST, and got up to about a ton between roundabouts, and allegedly almost hit another car.
It's amazing what you can get away with if you're just polite, articulate, courteous and apologetic.
His description on the form:
"You have undertaken the police vehicle continuing on to a roundabout using the outside to negotiate a right turn. You have then continued at speed narrowly missing another motorist causing the vehicle to deviate."
While writing me up he commented that my van had had a "hell of a lean" on it when I attacked around the outside of the roundabout. I think he thought it was in danger of falling over or something, which clearly ain't gonna happen. He mentioned video footage, and it was all I could do to not go "Video? Video?! Show me show me show me! Can I get a copy of it please?"