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Children hanging out of car windows as driver clocks 101mph.

ROAD safety campaigners yesterday criticised a driver who, it emerged yesterday, was banned from driving after speeding at 101mph with two children hanging out of the windows of his powerful car while they were not wearing seat belts.

Colin Goodall was caught out by a mobile speed camera positioned on the A189 near Cramlington, Northumberland, in October last year.

He was banned by Bedlington magistrates last week for 28 days, ordered to pay a pounds 200 fine and pounds 45 costs for breaking the 70mph limit.

The 37-year-old from Harvey Close, Ashington, was clocked in his Audi by the camera, which shows a youngster in a red T-shirt hanging out of the front window, and another boy sticking his head out of the back window. Neither child is wearing a seat belt.

Jeremy Forsberg, of the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative, said: "It is just incredibly dangerous.

"We know that hitting a windscreen at 30mph is the equivalent of hitting the ground head-first from a three-storey building. But this was more than three times that speed. It is a recipe for disaster."

Mr Forsberg, who speaks on behalf of Northumbria Police about speed cameras, said the stretch of the A189, known as the Spine Road, was an accident black spot. Newcastle United footballer Damien Duff was banned for 42 days last month after he was clocked doing 101mph on the same road.

Mr Forsberg said Goodall failed in his duty of care to other road-users by driving at that speed, and to the children in the car for letting them poke their heads out, while not restrained in seat belts.

"This person had no judgment whatsoever."

He said the case highlighted the benefit of safety cameras, which catch drivers committing a variety of offences.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 11, 2008
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