There seems to be no end to the problems facing Norwegian Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre. Faced with sagging voter support, internal power struggles and fallout from sexual harassment allegations against his deputy leader, Støre is now also being fined for traffic violations.
TV2 reported on Wednesday that Støre has accepted a fine of NOK 9,000 (USD 1058) for using his mobile phone while driving. His offense was even duly recorded by state broadcaster NRK and its reporter who was riding in the car with him last autumn for a documentary. NRK’s video clearly shows Støre taking his eyes off the road and looking at his hand-held phone instead.
Støre also urged one of his advisers, who was driving on another occasion, to ignore driving restrictions on a city street and use it anyway, in order to avoid sitting in traffic on the way out of Oslo.
Støre has accepted his fine, claiming it was “only correct and reasonable” that he be punished after violating traffic regulations.