Sunday speeder was ‘late for church’

Ballymena Court.

A woman who was ‘late for church’ on a Sunday morning has been fined £150 and given four penalty points for doing 65mph in a 30mph zone.

Patricia Jane Montgomery (41), of Priormore Grove in Islandmagee near Larne, was detected by a mobile speed camera around 11am at Low Road in Islandmagee on April 15 last year.

A defence lawyer told Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday the defendant was pleading guilty to driving with excess speed.

A prosecutor said that due to the speed the matter could not be dealt with by fixed penalty.

A defence lawyer said the defendant was “late for church” and she wished to apologise for speeding.

The lawyer said the Low Road area was a “common trap” for people to be caught speeding as the road reduced from 60mph to 30mph.

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