125mph driver banned
A professional driver, clocked at 125mph on a Cumbrian road, has been banned from the roads for 56 days, thanks to the help of Road Safety Support (RSS).
Carlisle Magistrates Court heard that Adam Tinkler was caught speeding in January last year on the A66 Appleby bypass, which is subject to the national speed limit.
The 21-year-old initially denied the charges, but he later pleaded guilty after an expert witness report was provided by RSS. It provided detailed information about the workings of the speed enforcement device and proved beyond doubt the speed that Tinkler had been travelling.
John Moran, prosecuting, told magistrates that their sentencing guidelines for such offences on 70mph roads only covered speeds up to 110mph.
“125 actually takes you out of the top category,” he confirmed.
Lisa Judge, for Tinkler, said he was "utterly astonished" that such a high speed reading had been recorded. She said he already had three points already on his licence for mobile phone use and was fearful of a driving ban.
“For this stupid, foolish act of driving there is a potential this man might lose his livelihood,” said Miss Judge.
As well as a 56-day driving ban, Magistrates also handed Tinkler, of Calthwaite, near Carlisle, a £400 fine and ordered him to pay £800 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.
After the hearing on Friday February 12, 2016 Anthony Nicholson, of Cumbria Safety Cameras, said: “We are pleased with the outcome of this case and hope the sentence is a message to anyone driving in Cumbria that we will not tolerate anybody travelling at excessive and dangerous speeds.”