Councillor caught on phone while driving

SH 270914 UKIP councillor Mick Clark at Shoreham Beach. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140929-110623001
SH 270914 UKIP councillor Mick Clark at Shoreham Beach. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140929-110623001
  • County councillor for Saltings ward was fined for using mobile phone while driving
  • Mick Clark had his licence endorsed with three penalty points
  • Police caught him whilst driving in Southwick
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‘I WAS wrong to do it,’ were the words of a county councillor who was fined for using a mobile phone while driving.

On February 4, West Sussex County councillor for Saltings ward Mick Clark, of Beedings Close, Sompting, appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court after police caught him talking on his mobile phone while driving in Southwick.

Unfortunately, I picked up a call on my phone. I shouldn’t have done it

Mick Clark

Mr Clark said: “Unfortunately, I picked up a call on my phone. I shouldn’t have done it, I was wrong to do it, I got caught and I’m paying my dues as I should do as a citizen.”

He added his blue tooth system had ‘failed’ and in the spur of the moment he made the wrong decision.

“I admitted it. I have experienced the full force of the law and I’m not above it,” said the 50-year-old.

Mr Clark was fined £200, had his licence endorsed with three penalty points and must pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.