Teacher gets a year driving ban

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A TEACHER has been banned from driving after being stopped by police for travelling too slowly.

Linda Myriam Smith pleaded guilty to failing to provide a breath specimen when she appeared at at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Prosecuting, Colette Griffiths said that at 4.25pm on July 15, police in Newmarket saw Smith driving ‘very slowly’ and became concerned, stopping and breathalysing her.

In mitigation, Lyndon Davies said Smith was stopped for driving below the speed limit and not for any other driving concerns.

He said she was ‘a pillar of the community’, having worked as a teacher for 24 years, currently at Mildenhall College of Technology, and was involved in charity work.

He said she had given one sample and tried to give a second but was ‘overwhelmed’ while at the police station and ‘couldn’t manage it’.

“She had clearly had a drink that lunch before she drove and it was a grave mistake that was clearly out of character,” he said.

Smith, 58, of Manor View, Barton Mills, was banned for 12 months, to be reduced by three months on completion of a driver’s rehabilitation course.

She was also fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.