A 66-year-old man from Hetton-le-Hole near Houghton-le-Spring,Â has been banned from driving for six months, given three penalty points and fined Â£115, for speeding and carrying a passenger in a manner likely to cause danger.
John Naisbitt ofÂ Devon Street, Hetton-le-Hole, pleaded guilty to both offences and was sentenced by Northallerton Magistrates today (Wednesday 3 September 2014).
Mr Naisbitt was captured by North Yorkshire Policeâ€™s mobile safety camera on 27 April 2014 at 9.01am on the A59 at Menwith Hill.
Footage from the camera shows his vehicle travelling at 70mph in a 60mph zone while carrying an unrestrained child who was stood up or kneeling on the front passenger seat. Footage also shows Mr Naisbitt lighting up a cigarette as he drove.
Dave Brown, Mobile Safety Camera Manager, said: â€œI hope the outcome of this case serves as a wake-up call to anyone who disregards the importance of keeping safe on the roads.
â€œThe mobile safety cameras are capable of far more than detecting speeding offences and this case should send a clear message that we can and do use them to help detect and deter such dangerous acts.
â€œMr Naisbitt should consider himself lucky not to be facing more serious charges. His disregard for the safety of his young passenger could have ended in tragedy.â€
Safety camera van footage â€“ child on seat:
Safety camera van footage â€“ child on seat (half speed):