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Larne driver caught using mobile said ‘he wasn’t making a call, only checking a text message’


Police Mid & East Antrim stopped a driver on Monday morning (16 November) after he was seen using a mobile device. He received a fine and 3 penalty points after he explained that he wasn‘t making a call, but only checking a text.


A Police Officer said: “On patrol in Larne this morning I saw a driver looking at a mobile phone in his hand, while driving past us.


“When I stopped him he said he wasn’t making a call, only checking a text message he had just received.


“Unfortunately this driver is now in possession of an endorsable fixed penalty notice, meaning 3 points on his license and a fine.”


Police reminds drivers that you can only use your mobile phone in a vehicle:


• to call 999 or 112 in response to a genuine emergency where it is unsafe or impracticable to stop

• if you are safely parked

• if you are a passenger


“This week is Road Safety Week so you can expect to see us out and about.”





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