Reuben Hazell, who plays for Shrewsbury Town FC was caught driving whilst using his mobile phone. Mr Hazell already had 9 points on his license so was sent to court to determine the outcome.
Mr Hazell pleaded guilt but told the court that if he lost his license he would have no way to get to his training sessions. He stated that public transport did not go near his destination and that friends or family couldn’t give him a lift.
The courts gave Mr Hazell 3 points, a £150 fine, charged him £35 costs and imposed a £15 victims’ surcharge.
Mr Hazell lives in Handsworth, Birmingham and Shrewsbury Town FC’s training ground is in Newport Road, Sundorne, Shrewsbury. Only down the road from his house is a train station and he can easily get to Shrewsbury Town train station in less than 1 hour with a single change. From there he can either get the bus to near the training ground or get a colleague to pick him up. Mr Hazell should be forced to live his 12 month ban without a car, he choose to break the law on several occasions to get a total of 12 points, just because it will mean a change in the way you get to work does not mean you should be let off!