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VIDEO: 'Sheer lunacy' as driver filmed on road with snow-covered windscreen

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This shocking picture shows the "sheer lunacy" of a motorist who took to the road in a car almost completely covered in snow.

The footage was shot by Mark Saunders in Cambridge Road, between Cosby and Whetstone.

The 31-year-old, from Blaby, captured it on an in-car camera installed for insurance purposes after he was involved in a collision where fault was disputed.

He said: "I was amazed by what I saw coming toward me. It was sheer lunacy.

"On the tape you can hear me calling the driver a derogatory name because I could not believe what I had seen.

"The area they had cleared appeared to be the size of a small plate at best.

"The thick cover of snow around this tiny hole also remained on the roof and covered the entire rear of the car.

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"They had no visibility apart from a tiny hole they'd made in the snow or ice on the windscreen.

"You can only hope he or she got to wherever they were going without hurting someone."

The Leicester Mercury has shown the images – which were shot as Mr Saunders drove to work on Monday – to the AA and road safety charity Brake.

Luke Bosdet, spokesman for the AA, said: "There is absolutely no excuse. It is pure laziness and stupidity.

"It is difficult to even begin to imagine how they thought their car was safe to drive in this condition.

"The tragedy is, it is not the first case of its kind this winter.

"This driver does not have a clear view of the road and would be completely blind to what was on their left-hand side.

"If, for example, they hit and injured a cyclist, a judge would show no mercy. Frankly, there is simply no excuse for this driver not taking just five minutes to clear snow from his or her windscreen."

Ellen Booth, senior campaigns officer, at road safety campaign group Brake, said: "Being able to see the road ahead is one of the most basic requirements of safe driving, so driving with such limited visibility is highly dangerous.

"It is vital that drivers ensure they remove all snow from their vehicle before setting off, so they have full visibility and prevent snow falling off and causing a hazard to others when driving."

The Leicester Mercury has sent a still image of the car and the footage to Leicestershire Police.

A force spokeswoman said: "If this is genuine it could amount to dangerous driving – and worse if someone was injured."

VIDEO: 'Sheer lunacy' as driver filmed on road with snow-covered windscreen


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