July 4, 2022

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M1 drivers gobsmacked as girl slows to 20mph to reset her satnav

A Thap Quan, 48, crawled on the northbound carriageway of the M1 close to junction 16 for Northampton west. Different motorists needed to take evasive motion to keep away from a collision with Quan’s Mini One till officers in a passing police automotive noticed the behaviour, and requested Quan to drag over.  

A court docket heard Quan was utilizing her cellphone to ask somebody tips on how to function the satnav. 

However final month, Quan was disqualified from driving for 12 months after admitting harmful driving. 

She was additionally ordered to pay a £450 nice, £340 court docket prices and £34 sufferer surcharge at Northampton Magistrates’ Court docket.

The footage, taken on the police’s dashcam, was assessed by the Crown Prosecution Service, stories Northants Dwell.

Quan, from Darlington, County Durham, additionally weaved throughout site visitors – and over hatch markings – as she tried to search out her means on August 15 final yr.

PC Mo Allsopp-Clarke of Northamptonshire Police’s Safer Roads Workforce mentioned: “When the freeway’s officer spoke to Quan, she admitted that she was making an attempt to reset her sat nav while driving.

“He suggested her to drive the quick distance to Watford Hole Providers however when Quan drove off, she once more drove extraordinarily slowly, earlier than coming to a cease while utilizing her cellphone to ask somebody tips on how to function the Sat Nav.

“The highways officer continued to comply with Quan, who drove off at 35mph and moved again into lane two. She remained at this pace earlier than driving previous the companies in the direction of junction 18.

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“She then reduce throughout from lane two onto the slip street – driving over the hatch markings – and drove across the roundabout, re-joining the M1 on the southbound carriageway.

“The dashcam footage captured Quan driving at gradual speeds which was a hazard not solely to her however to different motorists and will have very simply led to tragic penalties.

“Lowering the variety of folks killed or severely injured on our roads stays the precedence for Northamptonshire Police and our companions at Nationwide Highways, and I’m happy the courts have handled the motive force positively.”