Health worker caught doing 102mph avoids ban because licence is ‘crucial’ for work during pandemic


A HEALTH worker caught doing 102mph on a motorway has avoided a driving ban because her licence is “crucial” for her work during covid, Antrim Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.

Carina Loughlin (37) had exceeded a 70mph speed limit on July 23 this year.

A defence lawyer said the defendant’s licence crucial to her employment.

A letter had been sent to the court from a physiotherapist saying the defendant is a physiotherapist who works at Belfast City Hospital and that because of the pandemic community visits are now provided to cystic fibrosis patients.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said in light of letter and “crucial” employment he would not disqualify the defendant from driving on this occasion but she must understand if she is caught again doing such a speed then the court would probably have no option but to ban her from the roads.

The defendant, of Orangefield Gardens in Belfast, was given four penalty points and a £150 fine.

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