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'Honest driver' avoids ban

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

A SPEEDING motorist escaped a driving ban because he was so honest about putting his foot down.

Andrew Morris was clocked going at double the speed limit in his S-type Jaguar. The 48-year-old, of 1 Goose Green, Torrington, pleaded guilty at North Devon Magistrates' Court to exceeding the 30mph speed limit on the A361 Taw Bridge at Pottington. The court heard he was recorded doing 68 miles per hour just after 9pm.

Morris was told magistrates would be looking to disqualify him because of the high speed he was doing. The maximum ban would be 56 days.

He told the court he had no excuse for speeding. It was just an open road and he put his foot down. He said he had been driving for 32 years, always paid his tax and insurance, was self-employed and worked in industrial roofing.

He employed three sub-contractors, including his 21-year-old son and said he needed to drive to go out and source other jobs.

Chairman of the bench Mrs Susan Poxon said they were minded initially to disqualify him, but because of his remarkably honest account and the fact that he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, they would only fine him £400, £60 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

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