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Elderly Motorist Fined

Tuesday April 30 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A 76-year-old motorist has been fined £100 for not stopping at a 'Give Way' sign at a railway bridge and hitting another car.

Michael Spencer Midgley, of Thurnscoe, told Barnsley Magistrates' Court he had driven under the bridge at other times but never in the direction he was travelling on the day of the accident.

Midgley, who was not represented by a solicitor, said: "It was the end of a long, hard day. I should have been extra careful but I was not."

Julie Grant, prosecuting, said the road under the bridge was only wide enough for one car.

She said: "Mr Midgley failed to stop at a 'Give Way' sign and there was a collision with a car coming in the opposite direction."

The driver of the other car suffered minor injuries and was prescribed painkillers.

Midgley admitted driving without due care and attention. He was ordered to pay £35 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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Reply Posted by roy on Tuesday April 30 2013 at 14:16
I bet tht taught him a big lesson

Reply Posted by taylor on Tuesday April 30 2013 at 14:33
needs a 4x4 then the other car would have bounced off, and he got more for making a mistake than druggys get for shop lifting, disgusting, hope he pays fine at 20p a week

Reply Posted by Dave on Friday May 3 2013 at 16:30
The two are completely incomparable. A drug user stealing from the shop doesn't directly hurt someone while committing their crime. This man, through ignorance, not only damaged a car, but hurt the driver. Are you suggesting that the former is more serious than the latter and the police should only enforce the laws that you think ought to be enforced? I've no doubt that you're the sort that shouts at traffic coppers who pull over speeding cars about there being burglars and rapists on the loose, while completely ignorant of the fact that they're traffic coppers, with a job to enforce the rules of the road. If you have a licence, for the safety of everybody else, please send it back.

Reply Posted by ad on Friday May 3 2013 at 16:07
Taylor are you an idiot?
This is DANGEROUS driving. If i was on my motorbike coming the other way i'd have been dead. You can't just make "mistakes" in situations such as this where lives are in the balance... He's lucky the other driver wasn't injured.
If it was up to me his fine would have been much larger and he'd have been forced to take another test, just to see if his driving skills had actually deteriorated through age.