Student, 21, banned from driving after being caught 10 times too hard by the same speed camera in two months and earning 45 points on her driver’s license
- Film student Lara Bertin, 21, caught speeding in Brighton in two months
- She was seen repeatedly on the same camera driving over 40 mph in a 30 mph
- Bertin told Brighton Magistrates’ Court she was a ‘key worker’ during the pandemic
- But she was banned from driving for six months and fined over £1,500
- The court learned that she had already obtained nine points on her driver’s license for a previous speeding violation and for driving without insurance
A college student who was caught 10 times too hard on the same speed camera in just two months has been banned from the road after earning 45 points on her driver’s license.
Lara Bertin, 21, was seen up and down Brighton’s picturesque seafront over an eight-week span during which she was caught speeding nearly a dozen times.
The film student, who lives in the town in East Sussex, told Brighton Magistrates’ Court that she was both a “key worker” and was unaware that she had repeatedly broken the law, despite hitting more than 40 mph on several occasions. was driving on a 50 km/h road.
But when Mrs. Bertin returned home for a break over the holidays, she discovered a series of unwanted Christmas gifts: 10 separate speeding tickets.
The court heard that the range of speeds she was clocked at on the automatic speed camera on Marine Parade in Brighton ranged from 38 mph – 44 mph. The case went to trial and she was found guilty at an earlier hearing.
Film student Lara Bertin, 21, (pictured) was banned from driving after she was caught racing up and down Brighton’s picturesque seafront over an eight-week period during which she was found nearly 12 times too hard
When Bertin (above) came home for a break over the holidays, she discovered a series of unwanted Christmas gifts: 10 separate speeding tickets
On Friday, Bertin told magistrates in Brighton that she worked as a ‘key worker’ during the first lockdown and traveled the coast for part of her role.
She begged the magistrates to let her keep her driver’s license, claiming a driving ban would cause her exceptional hardship because of her job.
Bertin said that not only would she lose her work experience as a runner at a film studio, but her parents trusted her to pick up her younger brother and sister from school.
She pleaded: ‘I study film at Brighton University and my job is a runner and I have some upcoming movies where I’m the runner.
“I bring clips from the studio to the venue and I bring the actors – some who have never been to Brighton – to the studios. Everyone is counting on me.
“Sometimes when my parents are busy, I have to pick up my younger brother and sister from school.”
On Friday, Bertin told Brighton Magistrates Court (pictured) that she worked as a ‘key worker’ during the initial lockdown and traveled the coast for part of her role
Bertin was clocked at over 40 mph seven times and over 30 mph three times in an eight-week period between September – November 2020.
The court learned that she had already obtained nine points on her driver’s license for a previous speeding violation and driving without insurance.
Michael Sandeman, the bank’s chairman, suspended her for six months and said her case did not cross the line of exceptional hardship.
He said: “While we recognize that it will cause you an inconvenience to be banned from driving, we do not believe it would cause any exceptional hardship.”
As well as banning her from the roads, Mr Sandeman Bertin fined her £960 with £500 costs. He also ordered a casualty allowance of £96, making a total of £1,556.