Mo­bile phone mo­torist keeps driv­ing li­cence

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

A mo­torist who tot­ted up 12 points af­ter ad­mit­ting driv­ing while us­ing his mo­bile phone has avoided los­ing his li­cence. Ge­orge MacMil­lan, 52, of 25 Castleacres, Camp­bel­town, was stopped by po­lice on the A83 at Goba­gren­nan on Au­gust 7, af­ter he was seen hold­ing the de­vice to his ear be­hind the wheel. At an ex­cep­tional hard­ship hear­ing, it was said that if MacMil­lan lost his li­cence it was likely that he would lose his job as an electrician, which would have a ‘dev­as­tat­ing’ ef­fect on his em­ployer, and put the fu­ture of an ap­pren­tice work­ing un­der him in jeop­ardy. MacMil­lan’s em­ployer said his at­ti­tude to his work is ‘sec­ond to none’. It was also re­vealed that with­out his li­cence, MacMil­lan’s chil­dren’s so­cial and phys­i­cal well-be­ing would be neg­a­tively af­fected, as he would not be able to take them to the var­i­ous clubs they at­tend. MacMil­lan’s de­fence agent, Stephen MacS­por­ran, told the court that his client is re­morse­ful for his ‘brief, mo­men­tary lapse in judge­ment’. Fin­ing MacMil­lan £200, Jus­tice of the Peace Mar­garet McDowall said that she was sat­is­fied that ex­cep­tional hard­ship had been es­tab­lished. She im­posed six penalty points but did not dis­qual­ify MacMil­lan from driv­ing.

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