A MOTORIST has been ordered to pay the courts a total of £204 after being caught behind the wheel of her car using her mobile phone.

Saima Ali, 34, of School Street, Great Harwood, was found guilty of using a mobile phone while driving via a single justice procedure.

The incident happened on September 27 2021, when Ali was seen on her mobile phone while driving a VW Golf close to the Whitebirk roundabout in Blackburn.

The case was brought to Preston Magistrates Court on April 13 where Ali was fined £80, ordered to pay a £34 victim surcharge, and told to pay costs to the Crown Prosecution Service totalling £90.

Her licence was also endorsed with six points.

She has from May 11 to pay the full amount, with the courts agreeing she can pay back £20 per month.

Her case was heard via a single justice procedure, a form of trial which applies to cases involving adults charged with summary-only non-imprisonable offences.

It allows cases to be dealt with by a single magistrate on the basis of the papers alone without either party having to attend court for a hearing, meaning more cases can be heard at a quicker pace.