Rushing to catch the Yarmouth car ferry at more than twice the speed limit has landed a Cowes man in court, where he received a ban and hefty fine.
34-year-old Aaron Hayward, of Admiral Way in Cowes, pleaded guilty when he appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with speeding – exceeding 30mph.
Magistrates heard from the prosecution that Hayward was travelling along Bouldnor Road into Yarmouth in his Audi A4 estate when he was caught by the speed camera van at 72mph – the limit being 30mph.
A notice was sent to the registered keeper’s address and Hayward, who runs his own business as a groundworker, admitted he was the driver.
Addressing the bench, Hayward said he could offer no justification for his actions but stated he was trying to reach the ferry as he was running behind time. With Magistrates considering a ban, the 34-year-old said such action would have an impact on his work, including his 2 employees, as well as his family.
Magistrates, who said that the implications of his driving could have been horrendous, banned Aaron Hayward from driving for 56 days, fined him £600 and ordered him to pay £85 costs with a £60 surcharge.
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