Motorists that make rude gestures or swear at other drivers could land a fine of up to 75% of their weekly earnings up to £1,000.
A gesture such as raising a middle finger could see you prosecuted for ‘disorderly conduct’, offences that fall under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. On top of that, the driver could be seen as ‘not being fully in control of a vehicle’, an offence which carries a maximum fine of £1,000 (up to £2,500 for vehicles designed to carry up to 8 passengers) and 3 penalty points. So that’s a whooping £2,000 (£3,500 for vehicles up to 8 passengers) and 3 points! For any motorist its easy to get frustrated when faced with poor motorists. Especially at those drivers looking at a screen rather than the road! But keeping your temper in check and not reacting could save you money and points. Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA says: “A small minority of drivers think that being sat in their car exempts them from an offence like this. “However, this kind of anti-social behaviour can land you in hot water and take you on an expensive trip to the courts. “Road users have a duty of care to each other, so keeping your cool and remaining focused is important. "Your hands should remain on the wheel and your eyes on the road. “Rather than let the tailgater get under your skin, where safe to do so, it is better to let them pass so you can carry on your journey in a calm manner.”