May 29, 2014

Motorist Veered Across Lanes Reading Map

A pensioner has been banned from driving for 12 months after he was caught veering into the overtaking lane on the A59 in North Yorkshire reading a map at the wheel.

The 73-year-old, Peter Rigby, was caught by the safety camera operator when he began to drift across the dotted white line of the overtaking lane as he read the map. The footage of Rigby caught on camera shows him being distracted for at least 10 seconds while flicking through his atlas and then holding it up to his face which completely obscured his view of the road.

Rigby pleaded guilty to driving at Skipton Magistrates Court over the incident. As well as the year-long ban, he received a £1,080 fine and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £108 and costs of £85. He must also take an extended driving test before he is allowed his licence back.

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