Judge tells motorist doing almost double his permitted speed there is a ‘good reason’ for 45mph restriction

Ballymena Court

A JUDGE told a motorist who was doing almost double his permitted speed of 45mph that there was a “good reason” for limits on inexperienced drivers.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday to Jacob McWilliams (19), a joiner of Grangeleigh Avenue, Ballymena, who was detected exceeding 45mph as an ‘R’ driver at the Lisnevenagh Road dual-carriageway near Ballymena on the night of September 16 last year.

The defendant had been followed by police for a distance and his speed was noted as between 80 and 87mph.

The court heard the defendant was on his home after seeing his girlfriend and was in a rush because he had work early the next morning.

The defence solicitor was David McIlrath.

Judge Broderick told the defendant he was subjected to a speed restriction for a good reason as new drivers are inexperienced and speed can cause accidents.

The defendant was given four penalty points and fined £200.

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