Nurse caught speeding 5 times avoids ban as she was rushing to coronavirus frontline

Hayley McDonald was caught speeding five times on the M62 near Warrington, Cheshire (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

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A nurse who was caught speeding on the same motorway five times in just two weeks has avoided a road ban because she was rushing to work on the Covid frontlines.

Hayley McDonald, 35, clocked up a total of 15 points on her licence after she was caught breaking the speed limit on separate occasions while on her way to hospital.

Wigan Magistrates Court heard how her Vauxhall Antara was flashed repeatedly for breaking the 50mph limit on the M62 near Warrington, Cheshire.

Under normal circumstances, she would have been disqualified from driving after she received 12 points within a 36-month period.

Wigan Magistrates Court
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But the court chose not to due to the mitigating circumstances in her case – as she is a ventilation specialist working at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Justices were told the average speed cameras clocked her travelling at between 57mph and 59mph on lanes which were undergoing smart motorway work.

The first offence was on September 26 then October 3, October 17, October 20 and November 11.

Each time it was the same vehicle, heading in the same direction, on the same carriageway and always breaking the limit by almost the same margin.

The bench explained why it was not banning McDonald despite awarding three more points than the 12 maximum it usually takes to see a motorist disqualified.

The chair said: "The defendant is a key NHS worker as a nurse at Manchester Hospital.

"She would be caused exceptional hardship if disqualified as she needs to be able to drive to work.

"Public transport would be costly and not viable as she is on-call at short notice and often works until midnight.

"If disqualified she would be caused exceptional hardship which would impact on family finances.

"Her work involves a specialism in ventilation which may impact on patients."

McDonald, of Highfield, near Wigan, had been further charged with three times failing to notify the police of who was at the wheel of the vehicle each time it broke the limit, but these charges were withdrawn.

As well as imposing three points for each of the five offences, she was also fined £100 for each.

A victim services surcharge and court costs brought the final bill to £635.

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