Shafic, of Hartington Road, Southampton, drove through a red light – an offence which would attract points on his licence, which was already endorsed with nine points for several speeding offences and which would have led to an automatic ban.You’d think so, wouldn’t you?
But you’d have recognised without that old ‘get out of
Abdul Shafic, 36, told Southampton magistrates how he wouldn’t be able to afford the rent on his home he shared with his wife and four children if he lost his job. He also explained how he was largely responsible for taking his children to school due to his wife suffering from a vertigo condition that left her suffering migraines nearly every day and that she was reliant on him to take her to the doctors.And all of that is down to Mr Shafic and no-one else. If his license is so vital, isn’t the onus on him to prevent any actions that might lead to its loss?
Why, no. This is the UK, 2011, and personal responsibility goes out the window along with common sense:
Magistrates accepted his case and instead of a ban fined him £83, put three points on his licence, and ordered him to pay £335 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.I confess to rather hoping that, next time he runs a red light, there’s a tipper truck coming the other way.
And he’s just picked up a Southampton magistrate….