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Ban For Hands-On-Head Driver Caught On Camera
A mechanic has been banned from driving for a year after he was caught driving with his hands on his head.
A mobile safety camera captured Richard Newton driving with no hands on the steering wheel on the A171 near Scaling Dam reservoir in North Yorkshire.
In footage released by North Yorkshire Police, he is seen travelling at more than 60mph for around 25 seconds as cars pass him on the opposite side of the road.
The 36-year-old of Abbots Road, Whitby, was found guilty of dangerous driving at for the incident, which happened in August.
Scarborough Magistrates' Court also ordered him to carry out 100 hours of community service and pay a total of £685.
Dave Brown, head of North Yorkshire Police's Mobile Safety Camera Team, said: "This case demonstrates two things, one is the sheer stupidity of some people who put others in danger, and the other is the ability of our safety camera to capture a range of offences.
"This is yet another case which shows that these cameras are about safety and not just speeding.
"We will take action against all manner of offences to ensure we keep our roads as safe as possible for everyone."
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