2010: Hotelier’s drive ban

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A hotelier was banned from driving after he admitted using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Ben Doodson, a director of the Royal Goat Hotel in Beddgelert, was disqualified for six months after he accumulated 12 penalty points.

Magistrates at Pwllheli heard the 37-year-old already had two speeding tickets and another driving offence on his licence when he was stopped at Tremadog last September. The court heard he was seen by officers holding the phone to his left ear while driving through the village.

Doodson, who lives at Tan y Gaer, Abersoch, argued a driving ban would cause hardship for himself, his family and the business. His solicitor Richard Williams said he worked long hours and would not be in a position to employ someone else to undertake his duties at the hotel. He added it was financially not possible to employ someone to drive either.

Bench chairman Gareth Haulfryn Williams said they had considered everything that had been said but they had concluded it did not amount to exceptional hardship. “It may amount to exceptional inconvenience but we do not consider it to be exceptional hardship,” he said.

Doodson was also fined £60 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

North Wales Daily Post, 24 June 2010