Great British Brake Off! Road safety campaigners slam GBBO star DJ Luke Thompson for taking selfie-video while DRIVING at 56mph along US Route 66
- Road safety campaigners slam Great British Bake Off contestant Luke Thompson
- He used mobile phone at the wheel during holiday in Los Angeles and Las Vegas
- Footage emerges on Instagram of him filming speedometer, peaking at 56mph
- Mr Thompson is one of 12 contestants on the eighth series of Channel 4 show
Mr Thompson told GBBO producers that he started baking with his grandmother and began producing solo creations aged just ten
Road safety campaigners have slammed Great British Bake Off contestant Luke Thompson after he used a mobile phone at the wheel.
Footage has emerged on Instagram of the new contestant on the Channel 4 programme in the US filming the speedometer, which peaks at 56mph (90kph).
He then turns the camera to show his friend in the front seat holding a beer before turning to his other friend in the back seat, disregarding safety to film the video.
Campaigners have slammed the footage, saying they hope Mr Thompson has ‘seen the error of his ways’.
RAC Be Phone Smart campaign spokesperson Rod Dennis said: ‘While the law governing mobile phone use while driving varies across the United States, Mr Thompson set a very bad example by using one to film at the wheel.
‘The fact is that using a handheld phone while driving is very distracting and he risked his safety and his passengers’ by doing it.
‘We hope he’s seen the error of his ways since posting this somewhere as public as Instagram.’
Footage emerged of Mr Thompson filming the speedometer, which peaks at 56mph (90kph)
Luke Thompson filmed his friends (one of whom is pictured) in a car during a holiday in the US
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Mr Thompson, 30, posted the video along with the caption: ‘Driving in middle of nowhere somewhere on Route 66 with a nice bit of techno playing.’
The house and techno DJ, from Sheffield, was enjoying a holiday in the US, spending time in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It was uploaded in July 2016.
There is no outright ban on using a phone behind the wheel in the US, but several states look set to clamp down on the practice.
On January 1, 2017, California made it illegal to hold or use an electronic device while driving.
And drivers can also face penalties for using mobiles at stop signs, with police issuing tickets for the offence.
At one point he turns the camera to show his friend in the front seat holding a beer
Mr Thompson also turns to his other friend in the back seat, disregarding safety to film the clip
The law is far tougher in the UK, where it has been illegal to drive while using a phone since December 2003.
And it still applies if drivers are stopped at traffic lights or supervising a learner driver.
You can however use one if you are parked or it is an emergency and you need to dial 999.
Those who flout the law can be slapped with six penalty points and a £200 fine and new drivers can even lose their licence.
There were 32 fatal collisions in 2016, up from 22 the year before, and a total of 2,210 collisions of all severities where a mobile phone was involved between 2012 and 2016.
Previous RAC research also suggests that around nine million UK motorists habitually use a handheld phone while driving.
Mr Thompson has been cast as one of 12 hopefuls in the 2018 series of GBBO which is in its ninth series.
He told producers that he started baking with his grandmother and began producing solo creations aged just ten.
Mr Thompson (front centre) has been cast as one of 12 hopefuls in the 2018 series of GBBO which is in its ninth series
He said: ‘I didn’t watch Bake Off until two years ago and then my friends pressured me to apply and I thought yes let’s give it a go.
‘It’s an amazing challenge and when I applied I never thought I would get into the tent in a million years.
‘I tend to bake most on weekends and sometimes in the week after work if I get the chance.
‘It’s completely different baking in my kitchen to the tent… there is no pressure to get it right or race against a clock.’
And asked who will find it hard to believe he’s taking part in the series, he added: ‘People at work will have no idea.
‘I sit at my desk and sometimes overhear colleagues talking about Bake Off, so it will be strange walking into the office when everyone finds out!’
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