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Friday 26 December 2014

Harding: I accept court penalty

Sarah Harding spoke out after being given a driving ban
Sarah Harding spoke out after being given a driving ban

Sarah Harding has said she has "learned her lesson" after being banned for driving for six months for using her mobile phone while driving.

The Girls Aloud singer was pulled over in her Range Rover on April 4 after swerving into the path of a cycling policeman in central London while using her phone, the BBC reported.

The star, 31, pleaded guilty to the charge and had to pay a £500 fine plus costs.

It was also revealed that she had already accumulated nine points on her driving licence for speeding, the BBC said.

In a statement released after her appearance at Highbury Magistrates' court, Sarah said: "Too many people use their mobile phone whilst driving and think it's acceptable. It is not.

"Every year people die or are seriously injured because they were distracted making that 'oh so important call'. Mobile phones are a convenient tool for modern life but they must be used safely.

"I made a mistake by using my phone whilst driving, but I was lucky. I accept the court's penalty but it could have been a lot worse. I have learned my lesson."

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