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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Passenger fined for not wearing seat belt

A CASH-strapped car passenger had to pay nearly double his original fine after he refused to pay a fixed penalty notice.

By Sam Walker

Luke David Marshall was in the back seat of a car without his seat belt on when he was spotted by a police officer.

After pulling the car over in Barrow town centre the officer gave Marshall a £60 fixed penalty notice.

But Marshall said he could not afford to pay the notice and would take his chances in court.

Magistrates ordered Marshall to pay £117 when the case was heard at Furness Magistrates’ Court on yesterday.

Prosecuting John Appleby told the court the defendant had told a police officer: “I am totally Boracic at the moment and can’t afford the ticket. I will take my chance in court.”

The police officer had stopped Marshall after following the Peugeot 106 he was riding in the back of on August 20 in Duke Street and Greengate Street, Barrow.

A court heard that Marshall said at the time his mobile phone had rung shortly after he sat in the car and he had not had chance to fasten the belt.

Marshall, of Dunvegan Street, Barrow was sentenced in his absence and ordered to pay a £60 fine, £42 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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