A video has emerged on social media (scroll down) of the moment a traffic officer in Germany stops rubberneckers who were caught taking pictures of the scene of a fatal accident.
In the video, the police officer invites the drivers who had slowed down in order to film the scene to come and view one of the victims of the accident who was tragically killed.
At the start of the video, the police officer speaks to one van driver who had slowed down in order to take pictures of the accident scene.
The police officer says to the van driver: “Look – come with me, I’ll show you something. Do you want to see the dead people? Pictures?”
Seemingly surprised by what the officer is actually doing, the van driver nervously followers the officer as they walk towards the car that has one of the deceased casualties in.
The police officer then asks the van driver: “There he is – do you want to see him? Take pictures?”.
The driver then refuses to walk any further with the officer.
Then police officer then asks: “No? You don’t want to see him? Then why do you take pictures? You want to say hello to him?”
You can clearly detect the frustration in the police officers voice as he tries to understand just why anyone would want to slow down on the motorway in order to take pictures of the scene of a fatal accident.
After refusing to go and view the body, the officer informs the motorist that he now has to pay a fine of €128 for his actions.
“Shame on you” the officer says to the van driver before they walk off.
A few moments later, the officer leads another motorist over to the scene of the accident who had slowed down to also take pictures of the carnage.
“Look at him. He comes from Hungary – the same as you [referring to the nationality of the driver who had stopped to take pictures]. You want to take pictures?”
Again, this second motorist refuses to be led any further towards the victim and is once again scorned by the officer for slowing down to take pictures before being issued with a fine.
Although the footage was filmed in Germany as part of a documentary, the issue in relation to motorists slowing down as they drive past scenes of accidents in order to take pictures, is one that is common on roads around the world.
Slowing down to take pictures of a crash is not only disrespectful to the victims involved in the accident, but it also poses another danger to not only other motorists, but to the emergency services who are dealing with the accident as well.
The officer explains to the documentary maker who was with the police: “For us, it is a chance to confront people about their behaviour”.