Beckham Given 6 Month Driving Ban
David Beckham has been banned from driving for six months following a conviction for using a mobile phone whilst driving. Beckham was given the sentence at Bromley Magistrates’ Court last week, having previously pleaded guilty to the offence. The former England Captain had been photographed by a member of the public whilst he was driving in slow moving traffic.
Beckham was given six penalty points on his licence for the offence. He previously had six points on his licence for speeding offences and so the combination of these penalty points resulted in the disqualification. Beckham was also fined £750 and ordered to pay £100 in costs and a £75 surcharge fee.
The Judge stated that, although the traffic was slow moving, there was “no excuse” for the offence. Beckham’s barrister also acknowledged there was no excuse, whilst adding that Beckham could not remember the particular incident.
In England, the minimum punishment for using a mobile phone whilst driving is six penalty points. The minimum sanction in Northern Ireland is currently three penalty points, but it is expected this will rise to six in the future.
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