Daily uk news Police refuse to apologise after trying to land learner driver, 17, with three points for overshooting red light by just a few feet - while his instructor was in the car MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Joseph Bell (pictured with his mother, Gaynor), who was 17 at the time, has been granted an absolute discharge after he was stopped at a junction in Nottingham, East Midlands, last December.
Breaking News ! Joseph Bell, now 18, with his mother Gaynor. The student has been granted absolute discharge after overshooting a red light at a junction in Nottingham in December last yearPolice have refused to apologise after a failed bid to prosecute a learner driver for overshooting a red light by just a few feet - with his instructor in the car.Joseph Bell, who was 17 at the time of the incident, has been granted an absolute discharge and plans to take his test in the next few weeks. The A-level student was approximately 12 feet over the line while paused at a junction in Nottingham for 14.8 seconds last December during a lesson with his driving instructor, who was able to take control of the vehicle if needed. Mr Bell's driving instructor wrote a letter backing the teenager, describing the error as a lapse of judgement that can occur from time to time with learner drivers.Footage showed there was no oncoming traffic or pedestrians, with the magistrates' court hearing Mr Bell pulled up to the intersection at a slow speed. Mr Bell, who is now 18, admitted to failing to comply with the traffic light signal but, as he was granted an absolute discharge, will not be charged a fee or have any points added to his driving licence. Despite the ruling, Nottinghamshire Police still defended their decision to pursue the case by backing the prosecution against Mr Bell. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Learner drivers can't book a test for four days due to... Woman, 21, on her L-plates is pulled over 'speeding at..
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Inspector Simon Allen told the BBC: 'The safety of all road users is paramount, which is why the law holds learner drivers equally accountable and they must ensure that they follow the rules of the road.'In these cases, drivers have the choice to take a ticket or to go to court as happened here.' Magistrate Richard Eaton said the teenager's overshot into the junction was minimal, concluding the vehicle would not have been near other cars if there was traffic.He was issued with a ticket but decided to contest it in court, where magistates gave him an absolute discharge. The learner driver's car, pictured left, captured on camera at the junction in Cowlick during a driving lesson. Footage showed there was no oncoming traffic or pedestrians Mr Bell, pictured left, expressed his relief over not having any points added to his licence and his mother, right, said she was frustrated with the force's moveMr Bell expressed his relief over not having any points added to his licence and his mother, Gaynor, said she was frustrated with the force's move. She explained that, as a mother, her trust is placed into the instructor - hence why she uses a driving school. Bruce Stuart, defending Mr Bell, said: 'This is something that learner drivers do - they make mistakes.' He described the case as unusual and hit out at the police's judgement, warning other learner drivers that the student was lucky not to be charged. Mr Stuart also said that, even if there had been traffic, the vehicle would still not have posed a danger to others on the road.He further added that if there was a risk present, then the driving instructor would have taken charge and brought the car to a halt.
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