Just last week, David Beckham was banned from driving for six months.
The football star is no stranger to penalty points, having already amassed 6 due to speeding offences previously.
On Thursday, District Judge Catherine Moore handed him another six – putting Beckham at the 12 points needed to lose his driving licence.
District Judge Catherine Moore said she acknowledged the slow pace of the traffic in which Beckham was driving in, commented that there is "no excuse" under the law. This, if any, is a stark reminder that nobody is above the law – not even world famous footballers.
Beckham was spotted by a member of the public and photographed looking down at his phone instead of paying attention to the road ahead. Beckham was fined £750, ordered to pay £100 to prosecution costs and a £75 surcharge fee within seven days.
It is against the law in the UK to hold a phone whilst driving (although hands-free devices are allowed) so if you are caught texting behind the wheel, you face a whopping 6 points on your licence and a £200 fine.
Our senior partner Roger Brice weighs in on the news:
"The difficulty for Mr Beckham was that he had, because of the previous offence, acquired 12 points on his driving licence meaning he was subject to a 'totting up' disqualification. It is however, possible in the right circumstances to avoid this, if exceptional hardship can be shown. But this is a very discreet area of law. Therefore it has to be approached with precision and skill. and needs just the right circumstances to support it."
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