Lights, camera, action... Heather at the wheel
Last updated at 09:13am on 9th March 2007
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It's quite a feat, driving a powerful 4x4 and filming with a camcorder at the same time.
But Heather Mills appeared to manage it as she left Brighton railway station.
The estranged wife of Sir Paul McCartney then added insult to injury by jumping a red light about a quarter of a mile from the station.
Her accomplishment was enough to attract heavy criticism from road safety experts last night.
Miss Mills, 39, who is involved in a bitter divorce battle with Sir Paul, was at the station in Mercedes ML to pick up former bodyguard Mark Payne before she returned to a flat in neighbouring Hove.
An onlooker said: "She pulled out of the station holding the camera and looking out of the window. Then she sped off and ran a red light a bit further down the road. There was no way she was paying full attention to the road. It's lucky she didn't have an accident."
Andrew Howard, the AA's head of road safety, said anyone driving while holding a video camera could be charged with careless driving and not being in control of their vehicle.
Rule 127 of the Highway Code states: "You must exercise proper control of your vehicle at all times."
Mr Howard said: "The 'must' in this rule is a legal requirement, so anyone being distracted while driving can be prosecuted.
"This is how people were prosecuted for using mobile phones while driving before the new laws were brought in."
Robin Cummins, RAC's road safety consultant, said: "Driving while distracted, be it due to a use of a mobile phone, eating, smoking or using any other audio or visual equipment is extremely dangerous."