Belfast Telegraph

I was stupid, says mum doing 60mph in 30mph zone with child in car

By Nevin Farrell

A woman who was twice the speed limit with a young child in her vehicle claimed she was late for a parent-teacher meeting.

Paula Millen (36), of Shanlongford Road, Ringsend, Coleraine, was detected at Ardreagh Road in the Aghadowey area in June this year.

She appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday and admitted driving with excess speed.

A prosecutor said police observed the defendant on June 13 doing 80mph in a 60mph zone, and as she entered the 30mph area she was doing 60mph.

The mother-of-two told police she was "so stupid".

A defence lawyer said his client was sorry and said she had been late for her son's parent-teacher meeting.

District Judge Liam McNally noted the defendant had a young child in the car as she was "hurtling" through a 30mph zone at twice the limit.

He told her: "This was a very bad speed, you were going at double the speed limit."

He added: "That is the equivalent of driving at 120mph in a 60mph."

He said he was taking into account her clear record and guilty plea as he gave her six penalty points and fined her £200.

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