Skipton pensioner loses licence after reading map at wheel for 10 seconds on A59

Peter John Rigby at the wheel of his car

Peter John Rigby at the wheel of his car

Peter John Rigby at the wheel of his car

Peter John Rigby at the wheel of his car

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A 73-year-old man has been banned from driving for 12 months for spending a potentially "disastrous" ten seconds reading a map whilst driving.

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

He was fined £1,080 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £108 and costs of £85.

In addition to being banned for 12 months, he was ordered to take an extended driving test.

Police have today released images of Mr Rigby, of Beamsley, Skipton, at the wheel. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Skipton Magistrates’ Court on May 23.

He came to the safety camera operator’s attention when he started to wander across to the dotted white line of the overtaking lane as he looked at the map on March 4 this year.

Safety camera team manager Dave Brown said: “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 ten 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.”

 

 

 

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