Still bitter over fine

York Press: Still bitter over fine Still bitter over fine

RECENT national issues with police reignite memories of 2003 when I was prosecuted for use of a mobile phone while driving.

I was stopped on March 4, 2003, by two officers, one being an acting Sergeant. It was claimed I had been using my mobile while driving, completely untrue.

I presented the phone and suggested they undertook any checks which would confirm that I had not been using it, but they refused. It became apparent that charges were going to be brought, therefore I requested my phone provider to produce documented call logs for that day.

They advised that this information could only be given directly to the police if they requested. I documented these comments and took them to the police station.

The case came to court in Selby on June 17, 2003, attended by my legal representative and myself; case not heard. Second time on August 11, 2003; case adjourned.

Finally, on November 19, 2003, the case came to York. No details had been obtained by the police from my phone provider. The outcome: found guilty, fined £200 plus £100 costs, and a hefty legal bill.

Am I bitter? Oh yes.

Nigel Room, York Road, Elvington, York.


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