Friday 2nd November 2007
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The MP found using his mobile phone while driving his car has been fined £100.

Liam Byrne was spotted taking a call on Tyburn Road in Birmingham in July.

Since February 2007, drivers have been fined £60 and docked three penalty points for being caught in the act on a handheld device.

A motoring conviction may also have an impact on a person's car insurance policy.

The home office minister told magistrates at Sutton Coldfield that he was fielding an important call, adding that he regretted doing so.

Kevin Clinton, speaking on behalf of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said Mr Byrne should realise how irresponsible he has been.

"It is good to see him being treated in the same way as other motorists and it shows that people who flout this important law do get caught and punished," he said.

According to the BBC, there have been 3,045 cases of drivers being caught on the phone in their vehicles in the north-east since the new penalties were brought it.

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