'R' driver doing double his restricted speed was in 'rush to return his mum's Audi A3'

'R' driver doing double his restricted speed was in 'rush to return his mum's Audi A3'

AN 'R' driver caught doing more than double his restricted speed of 45mph - 92mph - claimed he was in a rush to get home because he had borrowed his mum's Audi A3 and she needed the vehicle to get to her nursing job.

Owen Lindsay (19), a supermarket employee, of The Meadows in Randalstown, pleaded guilty to exceeding 45mph on the M2 motorway near Antrim town and also admitted an 'R' display offence on March 31 this year.

A defence barrister told Antrim Magistrates' Court, sitting in Ballymena, the defendant had been in Belfast.

He had borrowed his mother's car and "panicked about getting back in time" to allow her to get to her work.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said we are told time after time that speed is a "major contributing factor" to accidents and "sadly the statistics show that there is a disproportionate number of young men who are speeding on our roads".

He said the defendant fitted that category "precisely".

The judge said he had "some sympathy for 'R' drivers on the motorway because 45mph an hour itself can pose problems because the other traffic is going at 70, however, you are just going far to fast. 92mph is even too fast for a fully qualified driver let alone one with inexperience".

Judge Broderick banned the defendant from driving for two weeks to "send a message" to other road-users and there "had to be a level of deterrence".

The defendant was also fined £250.

  • Main picture: General image of the M2 near Antrim town.