Guy Ritchie Banned From Driving After Being Filmed Texting At The Wheel
Guy Ritchie, the English film director and producer, has been banned from driving for six months after a cyclist filmed him texting while driving.
In November of last year, Ritchie was spotted texting at the wheel of his Range Rover while driving through London’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He was fined for the incident and police gave him six additional points on his license, taking the total to 15.
Ritchie already had nine points on his driver’s license due to previous speeding offenses.
Cyclist Mike van Erp sent the video to police with the caption, “Man typing on his mobile phone whilst behind the wheel of his car.” Van Erp apparently didn’t know the man he was filming was Ritchie.
In the video, the film director is seen is waiting in traffic and using Apple iMessage while behind the wheel.
Ritchie is heard saying, “Hello my friend,” when he realized he was being watched by the cyclist.
Van Erp is then heard saying, “I don’t think you should be using your text messages while you are driving. I saw you doing it back there as well.”
Ritchie has since pleaded guilty to being the driver in van Erp’s video. On Tuesday, he was banned from driving for six months by Bromley magistrates.
Ever since his father was killed in a road crash while driving a motorcycle, van Erp has been videoing unsafe drivers in London on his GoPro helmet camera.