Speeding driver is sentenced

Scarborough Magistrates Court.
Scarborough Magistrates Court.

A MAN who drives thousands of miles a year as part of his job has admitted speeding on the A165.

Craig Anthony Longstaff, of Chillingham Crescent in Ashington, was caught on a police radar doing 91mph in a 60mph limit in February.

He had pleaded guilty on a previous occasion and appeared before Scarborough magistrates for sentencing.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said the incident was just after 1pm on Wednesday February 1.

Longstaff, who was not represented at the hearing, said he did not realise at the time that he had exceeded the speed limit as he had just left a motorway.

He said: “I couldn’t remember the speed limit coming into 60mph – I thought it was still 70mph.”

Duncan Webster, the chairman of the bench, pointed out that 91mph was still in excess of the speed limit even on a motorway – and he was not aware of any motorway near Filey.

Longstaff said his Ford Mondeo was a company car and his licence was important for his job. He added: “I drive all over the country – maybe 100,000 miles-a-year. I work for a promotions company on events like stunt shows and boxing matches.”

Mr Webster said: “It’s quite right that the court on the last occasion was considering disqualifying you. We’ve taken into account that your driving record is good. If your licence is so important to you you should take better care of it. This is not just a little bit over the speed limit.”

Longstaff was given six penalty points, fined £130 and ordered to pay £45 in costs as well as a £15 victim surcharge.