Welwyn Garden City woman caught speeding EIGHT times on same road

PUBLISHED: 17:23 22 December 2010 | UPDATED: 17:31 22 December 2010

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A WOMAN has been banned from driving after being caught speeding EIGHT times on the same stretch of road.

"The bench are puzzled why you have so many speeding offences in one place over a short period oof time – it’s only three months"

Magistrate Peter Stanley

Monika Lukasik-Krol was flashed by the same speed camera exceeding the 30mph limit on Broadwater Road, WGC, at different times of the day.

The 35-year-old racked up the offences in just three months, between May and August this year.

Amazed magistrates heard that on Saturday, June 12 her vehicle was snapped twice, doing 41mph each time.

Lukasik-Krol, of Nursery Hill, WGC, was found guilty in her absence on eight separate occasions, and brought before St Albans magistrates for sentence on Wednesday.

Cate Baccas, prosecuting, said on each occasion, Lukasik-Krok was travelling between 40 and 45mph.

The catalogue of offences read to the court began on Saturday, May 15 when she was recorded doing 45mph.

A week later, on Saturday, May 22, she was caught driving at 41mph and two days later she was photographed doing the same speed.

A speed of 41mph on Saturday, June 5, followed by the same offence twice on June 12 saw a break in the speeding matters until she was caught doing 40mph on Monday, August 9.

Before sentencing, the chairman of the bench tried to get to the bottom of the offending.

Peter Stanley said: “We have eight offences of speeding on the same road it seems.

“What is the problem?”

Lukasik-Krol, originally from Poland, told magistrates “the road is quite big”, adding “it’s difficult”.

Mr Stanley persisted: “The bench are puzzled why you have so many speeding offences in one place over a short period of time – it’s only three months.”

She explained she had held a European licence for 15 years, which was already endorsed with three penalty points collected in this country.

Since getting “the letters” she had not driven and had to take the train to work in a warehouse in Hatfield.

Losing her licence would make things difficult for her as since her “husband left” there was no-one to help pick up her seven-year-old child from school.

Magistrates described Lukasik-Krol as a “double totter” for reaching 24 penalty points – three for each offence.

Mr Stanley disqualified the tearful defendant from driving for nine months and ordered her to pay a fine and victim surcharge of £340.

At the conclusion of the hearing Mr Stanley appealed to Lukasik-Krol to “please watch out for the cameras” when she got her licence back.

She replied: “Yes, I know.”

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