Yarmouth gas man fined for using mobile while driving
PUBLISHED: 12:07 26 November 2010
A SELF employed gas engineer from Great Yarmouth has ended up with a £885 bill after he was caught in his white van using a mobile phone at a roundabout.
Aaron Bowers, 27, of Queen’s Road, was convicted in his absence today of using a mobile phone while driving at the roundabout at Lowestoft’s Belvedere Road on April 13.
His trial at Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court heard Bowers was seen by police using the phone in a Renault van as officers carried out static checks at about 10.20am.
PC James McNee told the bench: “The driver of the van had a mobile phone held in his hand just above the steering column of the steering wheel and appeared to me to be using the phone.
“I had a good view.”
Bowers had originally denied the offence to police and at an earlier hearing but failed to attend yesterday morning’s trial.
The court heard he earned £500 as a self employed gas engineer.
After finding him guilty magistrates fined him £250 and ordered him to pay the prosecution costs of £620 and a £15 surcharge - making a total of £885.
Bowers was also given three points on his driving licence.