Drivers urged to avoid road rage
A police force has released a video clip showing a road rage motorist attempting to intimidate a lorry driver by braking sharply in the middle lane of a motorway.
The hair-raising footage, captured by a dash-board camera fitted to a 7.5-tonne lorry, shows the lorry driver managing to avoid the slowing Citroen car by a matter of inches.
Filmed on the M5 last August, the video has been released by West Midlands Police to promote one of six suggested New Year's resolutions for crooks and criminals.
Text accompanying the footage on the force's BuzzFeed site advises would-be law-breakers to "avoid petty road rage episodes" or face the risk of a fatal crash.
The web-page reveals that the Citroen driver, who has not been named, performed the highly dangerous manoeuvre with his wife in the passenger seat.
He later admitted dangerous driving after being shown the footage, and was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.
The offending motorist was also handed a 12-month ban and forced to re-take his driving test.
Other New Year's resolutions issued by the West Midlands Police include advice not to shine laser pens at helicopters, and to refrain from emulating a man who called 999 to query the ingredients of a Big Mac.