Speeding driver let child stand on front seat as he hit 70mph

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A PENSIONER has been banned from driving after letting a child stand on the front passenger seat while he was speeding.

John Naisbitt, 66, of Devon Street, Hetton, was caught on a police mobile safety camera driving at 70mph in a 60mph zone.

Officers said he was carrying an unrestrained child who was stood up or kneeling on the front passenger seat.

The footage also showed Naisbitt lighting a cigarette while he drove.

He has been banned from driving for six months, given three penalty points and fined £115, for speeding and carrying a passenger in a manner likely to cause danger.

The incident happened on April 27 at 9.01am on the A59 at Menwith Hill, North Yorkshire.

Dave Brown, mobile safety camera manager for North Yorkshire Police, said: “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. “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.

“Mr Naisbitt should consider himself lucky not to be facing more serious charges. His disregard for the safety of his young passenger could have ended in tragedy.”