Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Brit Banned and Fined for Driving with No Hands After Being Caught on Camera

You know the feeling when you just want to stretch your hands out a bit on the road? Well, Richard Newton, 36, from Whitby, England, felt something like that, but the only thing is, he did it while speeding over 60mph (around 100km/h) for at least 25 seconds while passing several cars. And oh, he was also captured on film by North Yorkshire Police's mobile safety camera…

On Monday, the Scarborough Magistrates' Court found him guilty of dangerous driving and handed him a 12-month driving suspension along with 100 hours of unpaid community work and a £625 fine (US$1,025 or €750) with a £60 surcharge.

Dave Brown, the head of North Yorkshire Police's Mobile Safety Camera Team, commented:

"This case demonstrates two things, one is the sheer stupidity of some people who put others in danger, and the other is the ability of our safety camera to capture a range of offences. This is yet another case which shows that these cameras are about safety and not just speeding. We will take action against all manner of offences to ensure we keep our roads as safe as possible for everyone."

Newton, a car mechanic in profession, told the judge that he was tired and needed to stretch his hands adding, “I was still in control of the vehicle. I had my knees locked and my legs braced against the steering wheel.”


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