Judge expresses ‘surprise’ that police offered 97mph speeder a fixed penalty

A judge said he was “surprised” police had offered a motorist a Fixed Penalty notice after being detected doing 97mph.

Shane Stokes (20), of Castle Road in Castledawson, was caught doing 97mph in a 70mph zone at a dual-carriageway near Randalstown on March 21 this year.

A defence lawyer told Antrim Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Ballymena on Tuesday (July 5), the defendant was “remorseful”.

The defendant had also failed to produce a driving licence.

Ballymena Courthouse.

The court heard the Fixed Penalty Notice had not been paid.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant was only 3mph short of 100mph.

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The judge said he was taking in to consideration that the police had deemed it appropriate to issue a Fixed Penalty and he fined the defendant £125. The defendant also has to pay a £15 ‘offender levy’