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Chinese man filmed driving on expressway with feet on steering wheel, hands on cell phone

Motorist fined after carrying out stunt to ‘entertain’ his friends on social media, TV station reports

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 July, 2017, 11:55am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 July, 2017, 12:22pm

A motorist from eastern China has been fined for driving his car on an expressway with his feet on the steering wheel to “entertain” his friends on social media, according to a television report.

The behaviour of the man from Yantai in Shandong province was filmed by a friend in the car and the video was uploaded on to the internet earlier this month, Shandong Television reported.

The video shows the young man driving with his feet on the wheel on an expressway with fences and trees passing by the window at high speed. His hands were on a smartphone.

“I just wanted to have some fun,” the 22-year-old driver told the television station after he was summoned to a local traffic police headquarters on Tuesday.

He said he did it on an empty road with no other cars.

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He and his friend had made the video to entertain friends on social media, but they did not realise his actions were illegal, he added.

Police said the man should have known better because he had a driver’s licence for more than two years.

Police said they checked surveillance camera images of more than 700 cars to track down the driver.

The blue Volkswagen Golf was hard to trace because the video showed only the car’s interior.

No details were given in the report of how much the motorist was fined.

China’s traffic regulations list numerous types of behaviour as dangerous driving, such as street racing and drink driving , but there is no specific mention of driving with feet on the wheel.

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A driver was fined 200 yuan (US$29) in Beijing for driving with his left foot dangling out of a window and resting on a side mirror, Chinese media reported last week.

The man also had two points docked from his driving licence.