Ban for driver caught doing ‘motorway speed’ in 30mph zone in Ballymena

The speeding was detected in this area of the Cullybackey Road in Ballymena. Picture: Google Maps

A MOTORIST caught doing a “motorway speed” in a 30mph zone in Ballymena has been banned from driving.

District Judge Nigel Broderick, speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday, said it had been an “appalling” speed.

Denver Mills (22), of Groggan Road, Randalstown, was caught doing 74mph in a Ford Focus in a 30mph zone at Cullybackey Road, Ballymena, on August 16 last year.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth said the defendant, who is a plumber, was only a matter of metres away from the end of the 30mph zone where it turns to a 60mph limit and there had been a “process of acceleration”.

He said the defendant had a clear record with no points on his licence.

Judge Broderick banned the defendant from the roads for a month along with a £200 fine.

He said: “This is an appalling speed. This is a motorway speed in a 30mph speed zone. It’s far too fast.”

The judge said the courts must take a very dim view of those who speed.

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