Four week DQ for excess speed

Man recorded travelling on M1 at over 100mph 'got carried away' listening to music

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Judge insists she was left with no other option but to impose a four week disqualification after a motorist was detected driving at 106mph.

Michael Rock, (20), of Ballymoyer Road, Newtownhamilton, pleaded guilty to a charge of excess speed at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, June 8.

The court heard that on September 12 last year, the defendant was detected driving at 106mph in a 70mph zone on the M1 junction.

In his defence, a solicitor explained that Rock appreciates that the speed was very high but that it was “completely out of character” and that he had never had any previous penalty points.

It was added that his licence was important to his employment and that he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

However, District Judge Bernie Kelly said: “If he cannot tell without looking at his speedometer whether he is travelling at 70 or over 100mph, then he should be doing his test again.

“He should be fit to tell the difference between 70 and over 100mph without even checking his speedometer.”

The Judge imposed a fine of £150 and a four-week disqualification for the offence.

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