Judge tells Ballymena Court: ‘Most of us drive cars…I find it hard to believe that you don’t know you are doing 100 miles an hour’

The M2 by-pass at Ballymena.

A JUDGE told Ballymena Magistrates Court: “Most of us drive cars…I find it hard to believe that you don’t know you are doing 100 miles an hour”.

He was speaking after a defence solicitor said Ryan Eric Balmer, who admitted doing 100mph in a 70mph, had been “concentrating” on the road and not on the speedometer.

The offence was detected at the M2 at Ballymena on July 25 this year when police noticed a Honda Civic speeding.

The defence lawyer said the defendant wished to apologise and never had a penalty point “in his life”.

The defendant (30), of Drumtara, Ballymena, was banned from driving for a month and fined £200.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said: “I take a very dim view of people who drive at this speed”.

The judge also sits at Antrim Magistrates Court, which covers the main M2, and he said he dealt with many motorway speeding cases.

Judge Broderick added: “The reason I take a dim view should be obvious, if you drive at these speeds then you increase the risk of an accident”.

At such speeds, he added, there was a risk of fatalities and serious injuries.

The judge said there must be a “deterrent element” to anyone who goes at such speeds.

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