THE District Judge at Ballymena Magistrates Court has warned he may take a tougher stance to ensure motorists get the message it is unacceptable to speed, especially at more than 100mph.
Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking as Paul Samuel Leckey (60), of Corkey Road, in the Cloughmills area, admitted doing 101mph in an Audi Q7 at the 70mph zone on the A26 dual-carriageway at Glarryford on June 19 this year.
The defendant admitted a charge of excess speed.
A defence barrister said the reason for the speed was that the defendant “panicked” in relation to the health of a family member.
Judge Broderick said his starting point for speeds of over 100mph is a three months ban and he said, invariably, people doing such speeds believe they have a “good reason” for going at such a rate of knots.
However, the judge said he had repeated time and time again “that is cold comfort” to others if there is a collision .
Driving at such speeds significantly increases the chances of an accident and the chances of “serious injury and/or fatality,” the judge said.
He added: “Until people realise that there is never a good reason to speed the courts will take a robust approach”.
The judge added: “If my message is not getting through then I may have to review my starting point”.
On this occasion, however, he said he was banning the defendant for a month along with a fine of £200.