Mobile phone stunt from car lands tourist in court
A driver who allowed his passenger to open the door of his car whilst it was travelling at 80km an hour to take a photo of the view has been given a suspended prison sentence of six months.
The man, described as a tourist, was banned from driving for a year for his part in reckless driving. He was only identified by his initials of AMM and no nationality has been revealed.
The man was behind the wheel of a rental car when his passenger decided to take a video of the sand dunes in Fuerteventura. He was convicted of reckless driving but had his prison sentence suspended due to lack of a criminal record.
The court was told his passenger had half of his body leaning out of the car whilst using his mobile phone to make the recording.
The man, another male of Spanish nationality and with the initials NFP, could be fined if his actions are considered to be a crime. However, he will face prosecution for not using a safety belt.
The judicial decision was taken in a quick trial after the Civil Guard identified the men who were featured in the video which went viral on the social networks.
The incident happened on the road alongside the sand dunes of Corralejo (FV-104).
According to the Civil Guard, it was recorded at 4.50pm on April 15th. There were four occupants in total.