England fans risk £5,000 fine for singing 'it's coming home' in cars

England fans are being warned they could face a whopping £5,000 fine for getting too carried away while singing England anthems during the Euros.

The heads-up comes from car rental company Lotus Car Rental just before England's crunch Euro 2024 quarter-final clash with Switzerland on Saturday (July 6). The risk comes from drivers potentially being distracted if they're too engrossed in belting out tunes and bopping along in their seats, which could lead to them taking their eyes off the road.

In the event of an incident, evidence such as dashcam footage or a police officer's testimony that a driver was singing and dancing before an accident could lead to prosecution for dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention. The consequences can be pretty steep, with fines reaching up to £5,000 and nine penalty points for the most serious offences.

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Alexander Haraldsson, the CEO of Lotus Car Rental, is calling on fans to support the Three Lions responsibly. He said: "As we saw during the last Euros, the outpour of support from England fans across the country was incredible and as we progress through the knockout stages of the World Cup, the excitement is intensifying.

"While it may be tempting to increase the volume of your favourite England tracks in the car it is crucial to ensure you are fully focused on the road when driving. By maintaining your concentration you'll avoid increasing the chance of an accident, as well as a hefty fine.

"Although you cannot be pulled over for playing loud music, if police officers believe it is causing a distraction such as blocking out audible safety warnings from other road users like their horns or an ambulance siren then they can penalise you." England are playing Switzerland in the Euro 2024 quarter-finals on Saturday, July 6, with kick-off at 5pm.

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