A DRIVER was left baffled after receiving a Â£30 fine for playing music too loudly on his car radio.
Christopher Cureton, of Seacombe, was listening to the rock band The Killersâ hit, Human, as he drove along Brighton Street, Wallasey, at around 10pm after an eight hour shift on a Friday night.
But before the 41-year-old mechanic made it home to meet his wife Kristen for a few drinks, he was pulled over by police and given a fixed penalty notice.
He said: âIâm not some boy racer with a big sound system fitted in my boot.
âIâm a dad who was driving home from work in a Vauxhall Astra, listening to some music, at what I thought was an acceptable level on my standard factory fitted car radio.
âI didnât even know you could get a ticket for playing your radio too loud.â
Christopherâs ticket said he was producing âexcessive noiseâ in a manner which âcould have been avoided by the exercise of reasonable careâ.
He appealed the fine and has been asked to attend Birkenhead Magistratesâ Court on February 5, next year.
The dad-of-one added: âIt seems like such a silly thing but Iâve appealed the ticket on principle. If there is a legal level of noise that I exceeded I will willingly pay my fine, however when the only evidence is the opinion of a police officer, I feel by paying it I could be setting a precedent for laws to be made up as and when the police suit. Iâm still totally baffled and feel like this whole situation is unfair and unjust.â
A Merseyside police spokesman said: âWe can confirm that on Friday, August 7, an officer issued a Fixed Penalty Notice to a motorist for an incident involving anti-social behaviour in connection with use of a vehicle.
âSpecifically this offence was âusing a motor vehicle in a manner to cause excessive noiseâ in the residential area of Brighton Street, Wallasey.â