Senior councillor resigns after attending Zoom meeting while driving lorry
A senior councillor has been forced to resign after dialling into a Zoom cabinet meeting while driving a lorry.
David Brown, who represents Kirton and Frampton in Lincolnshire, joined the virtual conference on Wednesday using a device that appeared to be propped up on the inside of his vehicle.
In footage of the Boston Borough Council meeting, Brown is seen at the wheel of a moving vehicle repeatedly looking down at the camera and adjusting it at several points.
The councillor later resigned and admitted he ‘regretted’ his actions but insisted what he did was no different to ‘twiddling with car radios’ while driving.
Lincolnshire Police said it is investigating a report of a man using a device while driving and Brown said he would ‘cooperate fully with any investigation’.
However, opposition councillors said his resignation ‘does not go far enough’, with one describing his actions as ‘completely reckless’, reported the BBC.
Councillor Peter Watson added that the meeting could ‘quite easily have turned into a complete tragedy’.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said that judging by the footage, they could see a ‘brazen example of flouting the rules of the road’.
Brown claimed that while he was driving he was only listening to the meeting and that he pulled over at one point.
However, footage shows the car appearing to move while he is speaking with his microphone muted at the start of the meeting.
He said: ‘I was just listening – what’s the difference between listening to that and your car radio. People twiddle with car radios and what have you, what’s the difference?’
‘I have resigned from my cabinet post, because that’s what the leader wanted me to do,’ he added. ‘I think it’s probably the wise thing to do.’
He added: ‘I regret it, and I regret that I’ve been vilified on social media with negative comments.’
A spokesperson for the council said: ‘This is being investigated through the correct channels and dealt with accordingly.’
Many have complained about Brown’s behaviour on YouTube, where the video meeting was shared, calling it a ‘complete disgrace’ and asking why no one on the call stopped him.
One person wrote: ‘I’m not sure if the most worrying thing is that a councillor thought he was above the law by being on a Skype meeting whilst driving a 40 tonne vehicle or that the rest of the people on this call didn’t challenge him on this.
‘What other crimes would they turn a blind eye to?’
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