Former soccer player David Beckham has been banned from driving in Britain for using his cellphone while behind the wheel.
The 44-year-old father was spotted holding his mobile device while driving his Bentley in London, reports the BBC.
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As a result, Beckham pled guilty in Bromley Magistrates’ Court. And while the District Judge Catherine Moore acknowledged he was driving slowly, she said there was “no excuse” for breaking the driving law.
Prosecutor Matthew Spratt said, “Instead of looking straight forward, paying attention to the road he appeared to be looking at his lap.”
According to Teen Driver Source, while driving and cellphones may be convenient, distracted driving is dangerous, and young fans can learn from his example.
Nationwide, 58-percent of crashes involve teen motorist whose attention is off driving.
The judge gave Beckham six points on his license, to add to the six points he already had for a speeding violation. This latest incident revoked his driver’s license in the U.K. for six months.
His attorney, Gerrard Tyrrell, spoke on his behalf:
“He takes his children to school each day when he can and he picks them up when he can, and actually to deprive them of that is something that he will acknowledge.”
Tyrrell also said Beckham could not recall the incident. He had “no recollection of the day in question or this particular incident.”
He added: “There is no excuse for what took place, but his view is that he cannot remember.”
Even though the soccer player is a celebrated star worldwide, in judge’s eye he is not above the law.
Beckham was fined a total of 925 pounds in court fees, which is about $1,038.