Judge at Ballymena Court reminds motorist of plans for stiffer penalties for using mobile phones whilst driving

Ballymena Court

A JUDGE reminded a motorist with a “poor driving record” who was caught using a hand-held mobile phone at the wheel that the Stormont government is looking at increasing the penalty for such offences from three penalty points and a £60 fine to six penalty points and a £200 fine.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday where Claire Gilchrist (30), of Churchill Avenue, Cloughmills, admitted using a mobile phone at Frys Road in Ballymena on January 3 this year.

Police spotted the offence.

The defendant came to the court with six points already on her licence.
Judge Broderick gave the defendant three points and a £60 fine and said it was her “last chance”.

He told her the Northern Ireland Executive is looking at the issue regarding mobile phone offences as they think three points “is too lenient”.

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