Getting a driving ban is bad enough, but one disqualified motorist has been spared jail after breaching the driving ban 44 TIMES.
John Moir has had a 16-week sentence suspended for a year and allowed to walk free from court despite admitting getting behind the wheel to help his partner in his most recent breach.
The 47-year-old has a car crash of a driving record, with 220 previous convictions to his name. Magistrates heard how he was remorseful about driving in this latest breach when his partner got lost and became upset.
Moir almost killed a pedestrian four-years-ago in a hit and run incident in Ipswich and has been jailed in both 2011 and 2012 for driving repeatedly whilst disqualified.
The man appears to have a complete disregard for bans imposed by police, once describing the situation as ‘a game of cat and mouse’.
He also told a court, last year:
‘Going to prison won’t stop me.’
Leisha Clein, the presiding magistrate told him: ‘If you drive while disqualified for whatever reason there is a good chance you will be going into custody.’
A road safety charity Brake accuse Moir of making a mockery of the judicial system.
Campaigns Officer for the charity, Ed Morrow, said:
‘We need the government to get tough with serial offenders by giving judges the power to hand out higher sentences, up to two years, for those who are repeatedly caught driving qhile disqualified.’
Moir admitted at Ipswich magistrates court to having no insurance and careless driving.
The repeat offender was banned from driving until October 2016, ordered to complete 240 hours of unpaid work and must pay just £80 to the victims’ fund.