Judge tells Ballymena Court speeders 'invariably believe they have a good reason'

Judge tells Ballymena Court speeders 'invariably believe they have a good reason'

A JUDGE told a woman who said she had been anxious to help a family member with a medical condition that "invariably, anybody who speeds will always have what they consider a good reason".

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking to Melanie Anderson at Ballymena Magistrates Court (main picture).

The defendant (56), of Taughey Road near Ballymoney, was detected in a BMW on the Crankill Road dual-carriageway near Ballymena on May 10 this year doing 82mph in a 70mph zone.

Judge Broderick said: "The court deals with lots of speeding cases but invariably anybody who speeds will always have what they consider a good reason.

"The difficulty with that is if we were to allow people to speed for what they thought was a good reason then that would increase the risk of accidents.

"If an accident happens at speed, it increases the risk of serious injury or, God forbid, a fatality".

He said that was why there was a prosecution in the defendant's case but said the court would take into account the circumstances and he gave her three penalty points and a £60 fine.