Ballymena Court hears young motorist was caught doing 101mph just months after ‘R’ period ended

Ballymena Court

A YOUNG motorist caught doing 101mph at the Frosses Road has been banned from driving for a month and fined £100 at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Luke Norris (20), of Sconce Road, Articlave, had the offence detected on the road which has a 70mph limit at 9.20pm on October 20, 2019, when he was 18.

A defence barrister handed in two references to the court which was told the defendant is a student and also works.

The lawyer said the matter should have been dealt with earlier but the original summons had not been served and then had to be re-served.

The court heard the defendant had passed his test in June 2018.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant: “You only passed your test in June ’18 and at the time of this offence you were just out of your R plates by a few months.

“It is very dangerous to drive at over 100mph. The reason for that is quite obvious. If you have an accident it increases the chance of injury and possibly fatality. It is my practice to disqualify drivers who drive at this speed”.

Having read the references, the judge said the defendant was “otherwise a good, hard working, young man and hopefully you have learned a salutary lesson by this experience in court and you will not be speeding again”.

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