A MOTORIST who pulled onto the hard shoulder of the M2 motorway near Antrim town in connection with a phone call has been fined.
Colin Lowes (53), of Grahamstown Walk, Ballyclare, admitted a charge of causing a vehicle to stop and remain at rest on the hard shoulder of a motorway contrary to Regulation 9 of the Motorways Traffic Regulations.
A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court police saw a Mercedes vehicle parked on the hard shoulder on the afternoon of December 27 last year.
She said the defendant confirmed the car was not defective and that he had told police he had parked to "check his mobile phone for a text message".
A defence solicitor said the defendant stopped "to take a phone call".
The lawyer said a relative of the defendant had been diagnosed with a serious illness "and the family were waiting an urgent telephone call from the doctor".
The defendant said when the defendant noticed a withheld call "and assuming that was the doctor, he then pulled in to take the call".
He said the call was "disconnected" and it was at that stage the police noticed him looking at the phone on the hard shoulder.
The lawyer claimed the defendant had an "issue" with a particular police officer "from a previous incident which may have resulted in the matter proceeding to court".
The defendant also admitted failing to produce a driving licence.
He was given three penalty points and fined £120 for the motorway offence and £50 for the licence matter.
- The incident happened on the M2 motorway near Antrim town. General image of area from Google Maps.