Mr Balls, married to fellow minister Yvette Cooper, told the Daily Mirror the incident happened last Sunday as they drove from Yorkshire to London.
He took the phone off its hands-free cradle because he did not want to wake his children, he said - and was spotted by police "almost immediately".
I guess it's one of the better excuses to come up with, but maybe the police will be able to confirm whether the kids were even in the car or not.
However, this bit's just classic:
He said he supported the law "100%" as it was protecting people's safety.
100%? Are you sure it's 100%, Ed? Maybe not, oh, I dunno, 75%? Only that surely if you fully supported this law, you'd fucking follow it?
Or maybe, just maybe you're just like every other fucking dispicable politician who introduces laws, publicly supports them, but privately believes they don't apply to him.
You fucking hypocritcal cunt.