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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Cumbria police hit out at 128mph bypass driver

A motorist clocked speeding at almost 130mph has been heavily criticised by police and magistrates.

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Malachy Cordin

Related: Driving ban for Cumbrian car driver clocked at 128mph

Malachy Patrick Cordin, 25, of Furness House, Little Clifton, near Workington, was told Cumbria’s roads were not like German autobahns, which have no speed limit.

He appeared before magistrates in Carlisle and admitted the offence.

He was banned from driving for 40 days. He was also ordered to pay out £500.

Cordin was caught travelling at 128mph in his Ford Focus on the A595 Distington bypass at 11.30am on May 12.

The legal speed limit on this road, which is a dual carriageway, is 70mph.

Martin McAlister, defending, told the court that Cordin worked as a gas service layer and frequently had to drive to sites around Cumbria because of his job.

Mr McAlister said Cordin was apologetic when he was pulled over by police.

He said: “Right from the off, he has been extremely remorseful and regretful.”

Mr McAlister added that Cordin had never appeared before a court prior to yesterday’s hearing.

Cordin also holds an HGV licence.

“He put himself through the courses (for driving an HGV) so he is someone who requires the use of various vehicles.”

Mr McAlister also told the court Cordin lived two miles from the nearest bus stop and spoke about how a driving ban might affect him.

He said: “That would pose extreme difficulties if it was to be for any length of time.

“He has got an extremely good work ethic for such a young man and he made an error of judgement.

“He really asks for the mercy of the court.”

Peter Pickthall, panel chairman, said: “As I am sure you are aware Mr Cordin, this is an extremely fast speed; 128mph on our roads. I find doing that speed on the autobahn extremely difficult to maintain and our roads are just not suited to it.”

Mr Pickthall also pointed to Cordin’s experience with HGVs, saying this showed he was “training as a professional driver”.

He added: “Driving at that speed strikes me as not professional at all, it is not just putting your life at risk but others as well.”

Cordin was fined £375, with £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £37.

A spokesman for Cumbria police said: “Driving at excess speed is extremely dangerous and can lead to tragic consequences. Speed limits are there for a reason and motorists must abide by these for the safety of themselves and other road users.

“A motorist that is driving at excess speed is not in control of their vehicle.”

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