Mobile phone motorist keeps driving licence
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.