A Sheffield funeral director has taken action to fight back against the city’s angry drivers.
Michael Fogg, aged 52, who runs a funeral directors on Woodhouse Road, Manor Top, has installed cameras in his hearses because he has had enough of abusive drivers.
He hit out at ‘people’s disrespect of funeral processions’ after
Michael said: “I even suffered some road rage this morning, it’s unbelievable.”
He was speaking after a new survey revealed Sheffield was ranked as the third worst big city in the UK for road rage
Michael said: “I’d have to agree with that.”
He reached breaking point when a yob shouted abuse at the funeral cortege of 14-year-old Jasmyn Chan, who was killed in a hit-and-run.
Michael said: “We were doing the funeral of Jasmyn Chan, who died in a hit and run, and this idiot was honking at us. He overtook the hearse and was shouting abuse out his window. It was awful.”
“I thought, next time this happens, it’ll be recorded and I’ll put it out there for the public to see.”
Michael first captured a motorist abusing one of his funeral processions around nine months ago.
He said: “We have a Facebook page, and I just started putting the videos up on that. It’s not unusual to get 250,000 people sharing and commenting on it.
“I make sure people see the driver and his car registration. The police have been in touch with me a couple of times, asking me to take them down because the driver is suffering harassment.
“But I just think, you can’t argue with what’s on the screen. Don’t behave like a moron and you won’t get harassed. I love the cameras, I think they’ve been fantastic.”
Funeral car manufacturer Coleman Milne got wind of Michael’s idea and is now planning to install cameras in all their vehicles.
“They phoned me and said it was something they’d never considered before but it was a brilliant idea,” said Michael.
He said: “I’ve been doing this job 36 years. Look, I know as a driver, when you get stuck behind a caravan on the motorway, it’s annoying. It’s the same with hearses in big cities.
“My main concern is that there is a dignity and respect shown to the family at a funeral.
“I know we go a bit slow but this is all part of it. It’s one of the most stressful days of someone’s life and they don’t need the extra aggravation.”