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Speeding driver banned for 11 offences on same Ipswich bridge

Screenshot 2017-05-15 14.11.20A Felixstowe motorist has been banned from driving after racking up 11 convictions for speeding on the same bridge. Vasile Ciuca was disqualified from driving for six months by Ipswich magistrates and was also given 99 penalty points.

Magistrates heard the 20-year-old was clocked speeding on Ipswich’s Orwell Bridge 11 times in a period of just 25 days last October and November. He amassed the huge number of points as he was convicted of two offences for every one of the occasions on which he was caught speeding.

The magistrates hit the youngster with three points for each time he was caught speeding and another six for not giving police details about who was behind the wheel of the car on each occasion. Ciuca’s Volkswagen Bora was the vehicle involved in all 11 of the speeding offences.

Ciuca was not in court as the magistrates pronounced him guilty on all charges. As well as the ban and enough penalty points on his licence to last a lifetime, Ciuca was hit with a £660 fine and has to pay £149 in court costs.

Orwell Bridge is south of Ipswich and spans the River Orwell. It is a part of the A14 between Bury St Edmunds and Felixstowe. The bridge is more than 500 metres long and is dual carriageway too.

New and heftier fines for speeding came into effect on the 24 April and are a signal from the UK’s government it is taking the offence more seriously than ever. In certain zones, drivers are liable for fines the equivalent of 175 per cent of their weekly wages for being 21mph over the limit.

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