Judge puts 107mph motorist off the road for a month and says the ban must act as a deterrent to other would-be speeders

Judge puts 107mph motorist off the road for a month and says the ban must act as a deterrent to other would-be speeders

A JUDGE told a motorist caught doing 107mph in a Volkswagen Passat on the M2 motorway such a speed was "inexcusable" and there had to be a ban as a deterrent to others.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, to John Daniel Walls (24), of Waterfoot Road, Ballymaguigan.

The defendant admitted a charge of exceeding a 70mph speed limit at 11.35am on October 11 this year.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant works for a contractor firm and as part of that he drives machinery. He also assists his "elderly" father on a farm.

The lawyer said "but for the Grace of God" nobody had been impacted by the speed and the defendant is taking the matter "particularly seriously".

The court heard the defendant already had six points on his licence.

Judge Broderick said: "I recognise the loss of your licence will have a significant impact on you and your father but I have to balance that with the need to protect members of society against people who speed.

"The greater the speed the greater the risk of a serious or fatal injury. Driving at 107mph is just inexcusable. I appreciate you were maybe distracted and you were late for a meeting but that would be cold comfort for a person you hit at that speed.

"This speed just simply is far too fast and there must also be a deterrent to other road users who must know that if you drive at speeds of this nature you can almost inevitably face a disqualification".

The defendant was banned from driving for a month and fined £200.