A driver who was caught speeding six times in just four weeks, a driver caught out by Leicestershire’s most lucrative speed cameras has been allowed to keep driving.
He was among about 8,600 motorists who have been caught by the average speed cameras on Burton Road, near Measham, in the past two years.
But he managed to hold onto his driving licence and left court with 20 penalty points instead. He convinced the magistrates that the affect of losing his licence would be unfair on him and others who rely on him, reports Staffordshire Live.
The decision has been questioned by the chief executive of a road safety charity. Nick Simmons, of Roadpeace told Highways News: “The effect of him being allowed to keep his driving licence is unfair on other road users, particularly the vulnerable, who are they put at risk because of his repeated speeding. Why does the judicial system choose to prioritise the needs of selfish drivers break the law over possible road crash victims?”
The usual limit for penalty points before a driver is banned is 12 but magistrates have the power to decide whether or not a ban is justified, no matter how many points a driver has. The bench at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court were told that if they banned McLaughlin he would lose his employment and his home.