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Going 156mph while talking on the cell phone!

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by beansbaxter, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. Blunder clears motorist accused of doing 156mph while on mobile

    CLAIRE SMITH


    A MILLIONAIRE Scottish businessman accused of using his mobile phone while driving at 156mph was yesterday cleared due to a prosecution blunder.

    Ronnie Klos, an amateur racing driver, was said to have clocked the highest speed ever recorded on roadside cameras in Fife as he drove his silver BMW with one hand on the wheel.

    But Mr Klos, 37, from Fife, walked free from court yesterday after his lawyers successfully argued he was not served papers to notify him of the case. Motoring organisations said they were "disappointed" at the outcome.

    The sheriff, Paul Arthurson, said that he had no choice but to discharge Mr Klos because prosecutors had failed to send out a "notice of intended prosecution".

    The sheriff said he could not convict Mr Klos under an alternative charge of driving culpably and recklessly, because the Crown had failed to provide clear evidence that he had caused actual danger to other road users.

    At Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court, Siobhan Monks, the depute fiscal, condemned Mr Klos's actions. "There was an utter disregard to the consequences of others," she said. "He was driving at 156mph and appeared to be using a mobile phone. In any case he only had one hand on the steering wheel."

    Outside court, Mr Klos, who was dressed in a designer pinstripe charcoal suit, white shirt and dark tie, refused to comment on the verdict.

    But his solicitor, Nigel Beaumont, said he was happy with Mr Arthurson's decision.

    Mr Beaumont said: "The decision is entirely correct in my estimation.

    "Identification was an issue in this case, but there were also legal issues. It is a matter for the Crown if they appeal, but I would be quite surprised in the circumstances."

    Mr Klos had denied driving his BMW M3 CSL at 156mph on the A92 near Kirkcaldy, Fife, on 2 May last year, while talking on a mobile phone.

    The court heard evidence from a speed camera operator that he had witnessed the businessman driving the car, and photos alleged to have been of Mr Klos behind the wheel of the car at the time of the offence were also produced in court.

    Mr Klos denied he was the driver and claimed the car must have been borrowed by a friend who had been at a party he had attended.

    But delivering his verdict, Mr Arthurson made it clear that he found Crown witnesses who identified Mr Klos as the driver of the car both "credible" and "reliable".

    Neil Grieg, a spokesman for the AA Motoring Trust in Scotland, said: "I am very disappointed that this has happened. It helps to perpetuate the myth among some drivers that there are loopholes in the law whereas the reality is that in the vast majority of cases, people are convicted, sentenced and then fined or banned."

    Mr Grieg said such a serious driving offence would often result in a prison sentence.

    "I am surprised that the authorities in Fife managed to get this wrong," he said.

    "This is a very serious crime and someone should have been convicted for it."

    Andy Jones, spokesman for Fife Speed Camera Partnership, confirmed the speed of 156mph was the highest ever recorded in the area. "The decision was up to the sheriff at the end of the day. We are not criticising anyone," he said.

    Mr Klos regularly competes at the Knockhill circuit outside Dunfermline, Fife.

    Last year, he raced in the Scottish Legends championship, a series for small American-style cars powered by 1200cc motorbike engines. He also regularly races his Mini Cooper at tracks across the country.

    In 1998, he founded the salvage specialist firm FFDR - Fire and Flood Damage Restoration - which has an annual turnover of more than £3 million.

    Last year, he announced that his company, which has 50 vehicles on the road, would be the first in Scotland to breath-test staff before they start work.

    He said at the time: "Anyone under the influence of alcohol is a danger, not just to themselves but to colleagues, customers and other road users."

    The firm, which employs 60 people, was named Scottish Small Business of the Year in 2003.
     
  2. Jafar

    Jafar Retired Admin

    i wanna know who he was talking to and about what.
     

  3. I wanna know if I can have his car........
     
  4. Perferd

    Perferd Grade A Champion

    I dont see what the big deal is everyone in cali does this like its the usual bizz...
     
  5. sounds like it.....I don't ride that fast YET....
    8)
     
  6. KCander

    KCander El Duderino "Old Timer"

    The real question: Why the hell would a millionaire Scottish businessman be rolling through Fife? What, heading home to his palatial estates in Puyallup? crackup:
     
  7. Fife is in Scotland too you know......
     
  8. +1
     
  9. GixxerPete

    GixxerPete Forum Synopsizer

    Yes speeding is SUCH a serious crime, right up there with rape and murder. :angry7:
     
  10. Ahhhh, but see since they can't seem to keep the rapists and murderers locked up... they need to go after the speeders to justify their jobs. :tard::scratchea:banghead:

    Besides, with all the fines / fees and court costs tacked on, speeders are a better return on investment for em'. :roll::censored::rant
     
  11. Am I the only one who looks at thread dates? :scratchea