Aughnacloy R driver caught driving at 93mph on the A4

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An R-driver from Aughnacloy who was caught at 93mph on the A4 has been given five penalty points and warned that any future offending on the road will mean that she will have to retake the test.

Appearing before East Tyrone Magistrates Court was 18-year-old Erinn Strain from Old Chapel Road in Aughnacloy.

Police reported how, on May 26, they clocked the defendant, a restricted driver, on the A4 dual carriageway close to Dungannon.

The defendant, who was unrepresented, pleaded guilty to the charge and handed in a letter to District Judge John Meehan describing her part in the incident.

He described how the then A-level student had been travelling to school when she had attempted an overtaking manouevre.

Ms Strain had discovered a long line of traffic than she had been anticipating and, with her exit approaching, she had accelerated to get past them.

She admitted that she had only passed her test the January before.

“That is a very, very dangerous manouvre for an inexperienced driver to undertake,” Judge Meehan told the defendant.

He then handed down a fine of £150 and five penalty points for driving over twice her speed limit.

“That means that one more point and you will have to do the test again,” he warned Ms Strain.