I was accused by another driver of using my mobile phone whilst driving (apparently her small son saw this) which was untrue - I have a factory installed phone in the car (I only have to press a button on the steering wheel). I don't need to take a mobile phone in the car with me. I was waiting to turn into my yard at work and she gave me the way. I acknowledge her for letting me in. When I came from the car she was waving her arms about - I told her whats the problem, I said thank you. She said no, its not that, you were using a mobile phone. I told her to that I wasn't and she was quite aggressive, accusing me agan. At this time I told her to "bugger" off as she would not listen to what I was saying. She reported me to the police and I now have an interview. What is the situation?
Does she have any evidence other than her testimony?Is the phone integrated into the car or some sort of bluetooth connection?Were you actually using the phone at all at the time (albeit perhaps on hands free)?
Just the driver and her son. The phone was installed by the factory under the arm rest in the front. At no time is the phone visible and at no time do I have to touch the phone or remove it from its place. I just have a button on the steering wheel which I only have to press and speak. I don't think I was using that phone at all but even if I had been I would only have to be talking as the speakers come from near the radio. After I parked my car in the yard of my work, I went upstairs to my lab. After a few hours I left my work and went to the car. The other driver was lurking around outside in her car and began shaking her fists and pointing at me.
OK well you really have nothing to worry about. It is for the police to make a case against you. Innocent until proven guilty!Just bear in mind that the police may wish to examine your phone records and it may be technically possible for them to ascertain certainly whether the phone was being used at the time (though of course the exact time will be uncertain) and possibly whether the phone was used directly or via hands free.Frankly I am surprised they are even proceeding with the matter a without an exact time of the alleged offence it would be very hard or impossible to prove you guilty. You have the right to have a duty solicitor with you at the interview and do avail yourself of that right if you feel at all concerned. But based on what you say, I would be surprised if the interview ends in any way other than you being released without charge subject to a possible request to examine your phone.
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