Judge tells speeding motorist who was running late it would have been ‘cold comfort’ in a collision

Ballymena Court

A MOTORIST doing more than twice the speed limit of the road he was on was told by a judge that saying he was “running late” would have been “cold comfort” if there had been a collision.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday to Nicky Paul Turner (37), of Rossdale, Ballymena, who admitted a charge of excess speed.

He was driving a BMW doing 63mph in a 30mph zone at Dans Road in Ballymena on Saturday August 24 this year when police were carrying out a speed check.

Defence solicitor David McIlrath said the defendant took the matter very seriously and realised the speed was “atrocious”.

The lawyer said the defendant drove all over Northern Ireland in connection with work.

Judge Broderick said if the defendant’s licence had not been essential for his employment he would have disqualified him.

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

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