A man who was captured by North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera has been banned from driving for six months, given three penalty points and fined £115, for speeding and carrying a passenger in a manner likely to cause danger.
The video footage was taken on 27 April 2014 at 9.01am on the A59 at Menwith Hill near Harrogate and showed his vehicle travelling at 70mph in a 60mph zone while carrying an unrestrained child who was stood up or kneeling on the front passenger seat. Footage also shows Mr Naisbitt lighting up a cigarette as he drove.
John Naisbitt, aged 66, of Devon Street, Hetton-le-Hole, pleaded guilty to both offences and was sentenced by Northallerton Magistrates today (Wednesday 3 September 2014).
Dave Brown, Mobile Safety Camera Manager, said: I hope the outcome of this case serves as a wake-up call to anyone who disregards the importance of keeping safe on the roads.
The mobile safety cameras are capable of far more than detecting speeding offences and this case should send a clear message that we can and do use them to help detect and deter such dangerous acts.
Mr Naisbitt should consider himself lucky not to be facing more serious charges. His disregard for the safety of his young passenger could have ended in tragedy.