Speeding driver doing 112mph on the A11 and using his phone behind wheel on same journey is banned for eight weeks
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Tell your friends it is unacceptable –that was the message to a speeding driver who was caught doing 112mph on the A11 – and was found to be using his mobile phone behind the wheel on the same journey.
Emil Gajc, 31, a forklift truck driver from Watton, was banned for eight weeks and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £505 at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court yesterday.
Gajc, of Saddlers Drive, was caught using a mobile phone when a police officer in an unmarked car pulled him over on May 28 for speeding at 112mph on the A11 near Icklingham in Suffolk.
Gajc said he was driving at around 40mph when he received a call from his mother-in-law and no evidence that he was driving at 112mph at the same time as using his phone was heard at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court.
John Ankers, chairman of the magistrates' bench, said he should warn his friends that his actions were 'not acceptable'.
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He said: '112mph is just not acceptable. It is over our bandings for fines [alone] so we are going to be disqualifying you, and we have taken into account your guilty plea, for a period of 56 days.
'You have only to look at the media and the fact that these horrendous fatal accidents have been caused in the past by someone using their mobile phone or answering their phone. Maybe you can go out now and tell all of your friends that speeding is not acceptable, and neither is driving with a mobile phone.'
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It comes after we launched our Hands Off campaign last week, pledging to name motorists who are taken to court in Norfolk and north Suffolk for using their phones while driving.
Since then, we have gained support from both key policing figures and people who have been affected by drivers using their mobile phones.
Gajc, who was driving a BMW 520D, was told he would be fined £300 for the speeding offence along with the disqualification.
Married father-of-one Gajc, who told the court he was rushing to pick up his family from the airport for his son's first communion when he was caught, was fined £90 for using his phone, with three penalty points on his licence. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Gajc said he was sorry. 'I have been a forklift truck driver for a long time, 10 years, and I have never had any problems with breaking any traffic laws before,' he said, admitting he had made a 'big mistake'.