Video: Driver, 73, banned for reading map at the wheel

A DRIVER has been fined more than £1,000 and banned for 12 months after being filmed reading a map at the wheel.

Peter Rigby at the wheel of his Honda Jazz

Peter Rigby, 73, of Beamsley, Skipton, was captured reading at the wheel of his Honda Jazz for 10 seconds by North Yorkshire Police’s mobile camera on the A59 at Beamsley Hill.

Mr Rigby admitted dangerous driving, at Skipton Magistrates’ Court. He was fined £1,080 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £108 and costs of £85. He was also ordered to take an extended driving test.

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Dave Brown of North Yorkshire Police said: “Mr Rigby captured the attention of the safety camera operator when he began to wander across the dotted white line of the overtaking lane as he read the map.

Peter Rigby at the wheel of his Honda Jazz

“The footage captured by the safety camera shows Mr Rigby is distracted for a least 10 seconds while flicking through his atlas and then holding it up to his face, completely obscuring his view of the road.

“Those 10 seconds could have been disastrous for him or other road users. He should consider himself fortunate that he was in a position to attend court and escape with just a driving ban and hefty fine.”

“This case demonstrates the clear evidence captured by the safety camera and should serve as a reminder to other road users of the potential consequences if they choose to take unnecessary and dangerous risks.”