A man caught on camera lighting a cigarette as he sped down the A59 at 70mph - with a child who appears to be standing on the front seat - has been banned from driving for six months and fined £115.
John Naisbitt, 66, was caught on police camera outside Menwith Hill at 9am on April 27.
Video footage 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.
He was sentenced at Northallerton Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday) after pleading guilty to speeding and carrying a passenger in a manner likely to cause danger.
“Mr Naisbitt should consider himself lucky not to be facing more serious charges,” said Dave Brown, mobile safety camera manager.
“His disregard for the safety of his young passenger could have ended in tragedy.”
Naisbitt, of Devon Street, Hetton-le-Hole, was also given three penalty points.
“I hope the outcome of this case serves as a wake-up call to anyone who disregards the importance of keeping safe on the roads,” said Mr Brown. “The 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.”
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