Driver hit 98mph in 30mph zone in Newport

SPEEDING OFFENCE Minaugas Indriunas outside Cwmbran Magistrates in Cwmbran (3337399)

The speed camera near Newport City Centre that catches more motorists than any other locally on the A4042 heading towards Newport. Cars passing the speed camera on the A4042. (3201720)

First published in Campaign news

A SPEEDING motorist was caught doing almost 100mph in a 30mph zone in Newport.

Minaugas Indruinas, 32, from Llys-y-Coed, Hengoed, sped down the Kingsway in a BMW on May 5 last year.

But he was caught by a speed camera doing 98mph on the A4042, close to where the road becomes a 20mph zone with speed humps.

PC Jodie Davies told Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court: “I have never known such a speed if I’m honest.”

Appearing wearing a navy coat and jeans, Indruinas admitted speeding.

His girlfriend spoke on his behalf as he is not fluent in English.

She told the court the two of them had a young daughter together and that he relied on his European licence to get to work in Blackwood and take his child to school: “He needs to commute to work.

“We have a little one and she’s going to school.”

Chairman of the bench Gary Shide said: “Because of the speed involved we feel we have no option but to disqualify you from driving.

“If you drive whilst disqualified you will commit a serious offence and you may be sent to prison.”

Indruinas submitted a letter of apology to the court.

He was banned from driving any motor vehicle for four months, ordered to pay a £500 fine, a victim surcharge of £50 and costs of £85.

The Argus previously reported that this speed camera raised more than £1million in only three years.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that the camera caught 23,582 drivers in the last three years, amounting to fines of £1,414,920.

The camera is the second highest-grossing fixed speed camera in Wales and England after one on the M60 near Stockport.

The camera in question is a Gatso, the most common yellow-boxed camera used for catching speeding offenders. It is on a stretch of road where the limit drops to 30mph.

There were five accidents, including a fatality, on the A4042 on the Kingsway, Newport, in the three years before the camera’s installation in 2002.

Highways chiefs caught 19,595 motorists on the ten highest-grossing cameras in Gwent, statistics from GoSafe, Wales’ Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, show.

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