Judge tells medic caught doing 'motorway speed' in 40mph zone: 'Being a doctor I'm sure you are familiar with consequences of accidents'

Judge tells medic caught doing 'motorway speed' in 40mph zone: 'Being a doctor I'm sure you are familiar with consequences of accidents'

A JUDGE told a hospital doctor who was caught doing a "motorway speed" in a 40mph zone that with her job she would be aware of the consequences of speeding.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking to Sharan Kaur Laughlin (48), of Fox Lodge at Dunadry, at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.

The defendant pleaded guilty after being detected doing 71mph in a 40mph zone in a Mercedes at Sevenmilestraight at 8.43am on Monday August 9 this year.

The defendant told the court she had been "late for work" and it had been a "lapse of judgment".

She said she "completely understands" that speeding is inappropriate.

Judge Broderick said: "Obviously being a doctor you are familiar with the consequences, I'm sure, at some stage in your career, of accidents and speed".

The judge said he took into account her clear record; guilty plea "and being a doctor obviously your license is important. At this particular time the Health Service need as many doctors as they can".

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