Driver faces trial for blowing nose

A Scottish driver may appear in court after he refused to pay a fine for blowing his nose while behind the wheel of his car, it has been disclosed.

Michael Mancini said he wiped his nose with a tissue while the vehicle was stood in stationary traffic, putting his hand brake on and taking the car out of gear.

Officers handed the 39-year-old a £60 fixed-penalty notice claiming he was "not in control of his vehicle". He refused to pay the fine and now faces a trial later this year.

Mr Mancini, a father-of-two who runs a furniture restoration business in Ayr, told a newspaper: "I was stunned when he said I was getting a fixed-penalty notice for not being in control of my car. I'm really angry. I made sure it was safe to blow my nose."

A Strathclyde Police spokesman said: "A 39-year-old man is the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal in connection with an alleged traffic offence on October 26."

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