Driver clocked speeding at 101mph

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A professional driver clocked speeding at more than 100mph on a motorway said he knew what speed could do as his young son had been knocked down and killed in front of him some years ago.

Allan Paterson, a 47-year-old HGV driver, of Butlers Meadow, Warton, pleaded guilty to speeding.

He was fined £265 with £50 costs plus £26 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates who did not exercise their right to ban him from the road, but put six points on his licence.

The court was told a police officer in an unmarked car checked the speed of Paterson’s Ford Mondeo on the M62 in West Yorkshire and found he was doing 101mph.

It happened on March 2 about 11.30am.

Paterson told magistrates that he had been overtaking a line of cars when he saw a car come zooming up behind him. He accelerated hard to complete his overtake to let the faster car get away. But the fast car was an unmarked police vehicle.

He added that in his job as an HGV driver he could drive 1,500 miles a week and he considered himself a good driver.

Paterson asked magistrates not to exercise their right to disqualify him as he would lose his job.