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Suzie

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75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« on: June 25, 2024, 09:17:57 am »
Originally had this posted in Pepipoo but it appears to be down. I recognise many names here :)

I was done doing 75 in a 40. no map or specific location noted but I later figured out it was a mobile van 4 lanes over in a layby on the opposite side. Pleaded guilty and off to court on Tuesday 2nd July. Need to minimise the impact on me, ideally avoid a ban.

Any advice will be very gratefully received!! Things to take with me or things to say / not say etc. Generally any support as I am suddenly feeling extremely concerned about it! (and I had the dates very mixed up so I am glad I just checked else I would have missed it!)

Many thanks!


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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2024, 10:41:01 am »
The chances of you avoiding a ban are remote in the extreme.

The top band of seriousness for 40mph limits begins at 66mph. The recommended sentence is either a ban of up to 56 days or 6 points. You are well into ban territory and I would be surprised if the Magistrates did not consider this passage, which they have in their guidance:

"Where an offender is driving grossly in excess of the speed limit the court should consider a disqualification in excess of 56 days."

What are you considering mentioning which you feel might reduced the penalty?

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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2024, 11:28:12 am »
Oh that is worrying - its the first time anyone has mentioned longer than 56 days. Thanks for the reply.

I don't have much to go on really. I was looking after my sick elderly parents (my dad has since passed away and mum in now in a nursing home and I just wouldn't be able to visit if I am banned.) I am disabled, but it's not very visible to most people. I work out in the sticks in nature reserves and I basically wouldn't be able to work. I also transport disabled people for my work at times.

i have a completely clean license and this one is just really out of character. It was a bad day and I was unlucky. I simply never speed like that and it could only have been for a few seconds at most, not that I actually believe I was doing 75 at all, but I am not stupid enough to mention that to the judge!


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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2024, 11:56:53 am »
Not much you can say really, just apologise, what 'excuses' do you think would help?

This is the guidance for 66mph+ in a 40  - "Disqualify 7 56 days OR 6 points"

No-one said 'longer than 56 days'.
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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2024, 12:36:34 pm »
No-one said 'longer than 56 days'.

Except they did.

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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2024, 01:28:35 pm »
thank you both. yep, no excuses, just a few reasons as to why my head wasn't in it that particular day.

So I am self employed and plan to take a breakdown of my income for the last 3 years from HMRC and a list of work I have for the next 3 months. I don't have a normal job and I only have 7 days work for July.

Do you think that will be sufficient information for them to base the fine on?

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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2024, 02:37:07 pm »
Just declare your earnings, they won't ask for any evidence of it unless it looks 'suspicious'.  I presume you have form MC100 to complete?

If you have no excuses don't give any, your 'head wasn't in it' could suggest you were unfit to drive, so I wouldn't go that route!
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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2024, 08:34:00 pm »
Thank you so much Rookie. I did not have that form and I shall now complete it... though I have no idea how I represent the nature of my income which fluctuates significantly!

I guess I shall go and tell them the truth about the day. Can't really do more than that. I gratefully hear what you are saying though x

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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2024, 08:51:39 am »
I have no idea how I represent the nature of my income which fluctuates significantly!
As I said you almost certainly won't have to, as long as the form MC100 looks 'sensible', an average of your income over the last 2-3 years seems a perfectly reasonable methodology under the circumstances you describe.  Even if they ask you how it was calculated as long as your methodology is reasonable then there won't be an issue.
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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2024, 09:04:06 am »
thanks for the reassurance, Rookie.

... now for the 3.5 hours of public transport to get there and face the music. I shall report back.

any other words of wisdom in the meantime will be met with gratitude

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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2024, 09:22:51 am »
I'm just realising I don't know the order of proceedings.  can anyone help please?

do I get two chances to speak, one to say 'sorry' and another to say 'please don't ban me because'... or do I just get the one chance to speak and have to cram it all in succinctly?

is there somewhere you can point me please to learn more about the day? 

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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2024, 12:05:48 pm »
You will be called into court and asked to identify yourself.

The charge will then be put to you and you will be asked to confirm your plea.

Assuming you plead guilty, the prosecutor will read a brief statement of facts to the court. Either the prosecutor or the court's Legal Advisor (who sits in front of the magistrates) will give the court the details of your driving record. You will then be asked if you have anything to say.

Though you have no formal right to plead "exceptional hardship" if you are banned (that is only available for "totting up" disqualifications) you can tell the court at that point that you realise the court will be considering a ban, and you can explain to them what effect that will have on you or others.

The magistrates will then make their decision. They will probably retire to do this and announce their sentence when they return.
 

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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2024, 03:28:12 pm »
Remember that many things can be read in different ways, saying you have little work booked for the Summer, with a view to minimising the fine, also means that you wil not be so hard hit by a disqualification.

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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2024, 04:39:09 pm »
Impact on others generally carries more te weight.

Be cautious as mentioned above.

"It was clear and dry with little traffic and good visibility" may come across as aggravating (it could be inferred you feel it was ok as the conditions "allowed" it).

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Re: 75 in a 40 dual carriageway. court on Tuesday 2nd
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2024, 04:46:02 pm »
Your worships, I have nothing to mitigate the seriousness of the offence beyond the lack of aggravating factors...
I am responsible for the accuracy of the information I post, not your ability to comprehend it.