Driver fingered over mobile phone
By Kimberley Smith
COULD you mistake a finger for a mobile phone?
Glen Boyd is outraged after being issued a fine for using his mobile while driving when he swears he was doing nothing more than picking his ear.
The Lennox Head bread deliverer is so sure of his position he is prepared to fight the fine in court.
On September 6, Mr Boyd was driving along the Pacific Highway in Ballina doing his deliveries when he was pulled over by a Highway Patrol vehicle.
Mr Boyd said his first reaction was to check his speed, but he was sitting on the speed limit.
"I sat there wondering why I had been pulled over," he said.
According to Mr Boyd, the officer told him he had seen him using his mobile phone.
Mr Boyd said he immediately denied the accusation and told the officer he was only picking his ear.
"My ear has been really blocked lately so I was just giving it a big clean," he said.
Mr Boyd told the officer he had not used his phone since the day before and asked the officer to check his phone to prove it.
"The officer said I could have deleted the calls quickly, and he refused to look at it. He had no intention of listening to me," he said.
Mr Boyd said he tried to keep his cool throughout the conversation, but was becoming agitated.
The officer returned to his vehicle with Mr Boyd's details before returning with an infringement notice in his hand. Mr Boyd said he told the officer he would not accept the fine.
Mr Boyd finished his deliveries and headed straight to the Ballina police station, where he was told the matter was now in the hands of the Infringement Processing Bureau.
Mr Boyd has since obtained his phone records from Telstra and has written to the Infringement Bureau and Ballina MP Don Page.
Mr Boyd's also contacted the officer who fined him to arrange a viewing of the police in-car video.
"The screen used to view the video was very small and I could only make out a vague figure of myself, it wasn't conclusive at all," he said.
Mr Boyd admitted he had been fined in the past for using a phone while driving, and said he paid the fined because he had been at fault.
"But I would never take it to this extreme if I was guilty. It may be only a $240 fine, but that's not the point. To me it's a matter of principle."
The Northern Star made several attempts to contact the Ballina duty officer for a police response.