A pensioner ‘stinking of booze’ driving a mobility scooter when he drove down the middle of the road and unleashed a tirade of abuse at a driver who tried to pass him.
The exasperated motorist says he encountered the elderly man trundling down a road in Southport, and claims he smelt ‘like he had been drinking for days.’ Video footage shows the old man slow down in the road, which the driver believes was deliberately to ‘annoy’ him, before repeatedly sticking up his middle finger.
The driver, who did not wish to be identified, claims that the mobility scooter rider also subjected him to a barrage of expletives and appeared to be drunk. The anonymous driver explained: “I was driving along and he just started slowing right down. You can see his brake light come on in the video. I couldn’t tell what he was doing. When he saw me in his mirror he started to slow down.”
He continued: “I was in a bit of a rush – I had my wife and two-year-old son on board – and when he put the brakes on that was when I wound my window down and asked him to move. That was when the smell of alcohol hit me. He smelled like he’d been drinking for days.”
The stunned driver says he had to repress his anger as the mobility scooter rider continued to block his path and swear at him. He claims that he had to resort to manoeuvring around the mobility scooter to progress with his journey, as the pensioner refused to move.
The Southport-based motorist added: “I was shocked. I see a lot of things on the road. But I’ve never seen anybody on a mobility scooter driving on the road like that. I felt angry. In my opinion it’s still drink driving as well. It’s not right. Even if it’s a mobility scooter, surely that’s against the law too?”
The driver also claimed that mobility scooters can pose a big threat on the roads, with both drivers and the mobility scooter user themselves at risk. He commented further: ‘These mobility scooters aren’t safe. Some of these scooters can go really fast as well. I don’t think they should be allowed on the roads. It’s dangerous for them as well, they aren’t protected at all. If they are on the roads and aren’t insured too and there’s an accident, then it falls on the other driver’s insurance.”