One-month ban for motorist caught driving at 59mph

A 21-YEAR-OLD who was caught driving at 59mph on Victoria Avenue has been banned from the roads for one month and fined £245.

Victoria Avenue. Picture: MATTHEW HOTTON (30383219)
Victoria Avenue. Picture: MATTHEW HOTTON (30383219)

Max Bolton, who appeared in the Magistrate’s Court last November for a similar offence, also had his licence endorsed.

However, he will not need to retake his test after his driving ban is spent.

Advocate Katie Ridley, prosecuting, said that at 10pm on 17 December, police officers were in a lay-by car park on Victoria Avenue when they saw a Ford Focus approaching in the eastbound lane. They aimed their speed detection device at the Ford and recorded a speed of 59mph.

Advocate Martin Elks, defending, urged the court not to disqualify his client as he was about to go abroad to study and needed his current licence to obtain a foreign one.

He added that Bolton also needed his licence to get to and from work and said his client was remorseful.

In sentencing, Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris said: ‘The court has guidelines for sentencing in traffic offences and being 19mph above the speed limit puts you in the range where, if you were a first-time offender, the court would be considering endorsement.

‘But you are not a first-time offender. You were here in November for doing 52mph in a 40mph zone and you previously went to a parish hall for a speeding matter before that. That is not representative of a young man who is cautious or respectful of the traffic laws.’

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