A Whitby man has today (6 January 2014) been banned from driving for 12 months for driving with no hands.
Richard Newton, 36, of Abbots Road was found guilty at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court of dangerous driving. In addition to the ban, he was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community and was fined £625 with a £60 surcharge.
Mr Newton was captured by North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera on the A171 near Scaling Dam reservoir at around 6.20pm on Friday 9 August 2013.
He was filmed as he drove past the safety camera van with both hands on his head and continued along the road for around 25 seconds driving at between 60 to 63mph.
The road is a two-way ‘A’ road with a solid white line on his side. Numerous vehicles passed him on the opposite side of the road.
Dave Brown who heads North Yorkshire Police’s Mobile Safety Camera Team, said: “This case demonstrates two things, one is the sheer stupidity of some people who put others in danger, and the other is the ability of our safety camera to capture a range of offences.
“This is yet another case which shows that these cameras are about safety and not just speeding. We will take action against all manner of offences to ensure we keep our roads as safe as possible for everyone.”
In response to the verdict, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, said:
“North Yorkshire has some of the most perilous roads in the country and so it is right that our police take action against reckless driving that puts road users in unnecessary danger.
“I welcome the 12-month driving ban and hope it acts as a reminder to all motorists of their responsibilities when they get behind the wheel.
“I would also like to thank the road safety team for making this prosecution possible.”