A motorist has been fined £60 after stopping on the hard shoulder of a motorway in a non-emergency.
Mark Jamison (26), of Ashfield Gardens in Belfast, had the offence detected on February 9 this year on the M2 southbound, Antrim Magistrates Court was told.
Police saw the defendant stopped and he was using a mobile phone.
Officers said he had no valid reason to be parked at the side of the motorway.
A defence lawyer said the defendant had been to hospital that day and had received a number of calls.
When a withheld number came up he wasn’t sure who was calling him and he pulled in to take it.