Motorist who 'stayed in overtaking lane for seven miles' on dual-carriageway between Antrim town and Ballymena is prosecuted for careless driving

Motorist who 'stayed in overtaking lane for seven miles' on dual-carriageway between Antrim town and Ballymena is prosecuted for careless driving

A MOTORIST in a Volkswagen Golf who stayed in the 'overtaking lane' for seven miles on the Lisnevenagh Road dual-carriageway between Antrim and Ballymena was prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.

Gary Nixon (28), of Fernhill Heights, Belfast, was also charged with having a 'tinted' window and at Ballymena Magistrates Court he was given four penalty points and fined £175.

A prosecutor said police saw a Volkswagen Golf pull out onto 'Lane Two' and it stayed there for seven miles doing speeds of 85mph "and above" on October 30 last year despite "numerous opportunities" to return to lane one.

District Judge Nigel Broderick asked: "So is he sitting in the overtaking lane essentially and he won't move back into lane one?" and a prosecutor said that was the case.

When stopped and spoken to it was established a window only had a light transmission of 15 per cent when the legal minimum was 70 per cent.

Defence solicitor Andrew Kinney said the defendant was taking a dog to a vet in Ballymena and wanted to get there "as quickly as he could".

He said the defendant said there had been vehicles in the inside lane and he thought he was allowed to stay on the other lane but now accepts he should not have done so "for the entire portion of the road".

  • Main picture: The Lisnevenagh Road dual-carriageway. Picture: Google Maps.