Driver kept police waiting as he finished call after being stopped, magistrates hear

A Norfolk motorist has been banned from driving for a year after police caught him using not one, but two mobile phones while driving his car.

According to BBC News, 34-year-old David Secker was observed talking on one phone while apparently texting on another.

Norwich resident Secker, who is unemployed, was also convicted of driving without insurance, fined £150 and had 14 penalty points added to his licence.

Norwich Magistrates’ Court heard that he appeared to have both hands off the steering wheel prior to being stopped by police on the A47 at Blofield near Norwich on 17 May.

Secker’s solicitor, Simon Nicholls, denied that his client was driving with his knees, as had been reported in the press.

He added that Secker was holding the steering wheel, albeit with a hand that clutched a mobile phone as he read out a telephone number to the person with whom he was in conversation.

Magistates were told that the driver made police officers wait while he finished his conversation after he had been stopped.

Prosecutor Denis King told the court: "He was seen holding a mobile phone to his right ear and as he moved closer the officer saw he was holding another phone in his other hand as though he was texting."

He was found guilty in his absence of using a mobile phone while driving, having no insurance and not being in a position to have proper control.
After sentencing, Secker commented: "I think the magistrates treated me fairly."

His solicitor added: "We hear about people driving while eating apples and doing all kind of stupid things.

"He accepts he made a mistake and will learn from it."

Far be it from us to argue a point of law with Mr Nicholls, but while driving while using a hand held mobile phone has been a specific offence since December 2003, the issue of eating an apple while driving has not as yet attracted the scrutiny of the country’s law-makers, although motorists doing so while driving can of course be prosecuted under general legislation relating to traffic offences.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.