Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Judiciary continues to be soft with road maniacs

Road safety campaigners have condemned a decision not to ban Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins from driving after he was caught speeding at 106mph. The Nigeria international, 24, admitted breaking the 70mph speed limit on the A696 Woolsington bypass as he drove to Newcastle Airport on 10 May.

The charity Brake said his treatment provided no deterrent to other drivers. Cath Keeler, deputy chief executive of the road safety organisation, said: "Going so much over the speed limit is taking a blatant risk with lives on the road. There is absolutely no excuse. A fine of a few hundred pounds for someone who earns thousands a week is not really a deterrent. We would like to see anyone going so significantly over the speed limit to be treated as committing a much more serious offence and face an automatic ban."