A man in the UK has been charged after he was pulled over by police for driving while talking on a mobile phone and texting on another phone while using his knees to steer his vehicle. The court heard police had to wait for the driver to finish talking on the phone before dealing with the matter.
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David Secker was spotted driving along a 70mph (113km/h) motorway near Norwich in the UK in May. He has been charged with using a mobile phone while driving and driving without insurance. He was also fined £150 (about $236) and had 14 demerit points placed on his licence. His licence has also been suspended for 12 months.
Simon Nicholls, Secker's lawyer, said his client was using the second phone to read out a phone number during the time of the incident and said that despite media claims, he was not using his knees to steer the wheel but was using his hand concealing the second mobile phone.
Prosecutor Denis King said,
"He was seen holding a mobile phone to his right ear and as he moved closer the officer saw he was holding another phone in his other hand as though he was texting."
After the conviction, Secker was reported as saying in a recent BBC report, "I think the magistrates treated me fairly", while Mr Nicholls said,
"We hear about people driving while eating apples and doing all kind of stupid things. He accepts he made a mistake and will learn from it."