Driving ban broken

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A 21-year-old woman who was already banned from driving admitted to a further pair of traffic offences.

Sophia Rose Taylor, 21, of Thwing, drove while disqualified in Nafferton on Friday 16 August last year. At Bridlington Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 15 January she also admitted to driving without third party insurance.

Prosecution solicitor Andrew Vaughan said Taylor took over driving from another person in Nafferton and drove the car to Driffield.

At the time of the offence Taylor was subject to an 18-month driving ban. In mitigation for herself, Taylor said: “I am deeply sorry for my actions. It was decided I would drive as I had nothing to lose. I drove the car for one mile before I realised what I was doing.”

She explained she has moved from Driffield to Thwing to try and “get more focus on my future” and is actively seeking a full-time job while she works part-time at a pub.

“My licence is of upmost importance to me as I would need my own transport to get to and from work as there is little transport in the village,” said Taylor. She said: “I truly regret my actions and I would appreciate the opportunity to take my life forwards with the independence my licence would give me.”

Sue Larard, presiding magistrate in court on Wednesday 15 January, said: “It is a very serious offence but the mitigation you have given us today makes us think a low level community order for this. You want to get your life back on track and this is one way to do it, by putting something back into the community.”

For driving without a licence magistrates banned Taylor from holding a licence for three months. She was also given a community order to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work in 12-months. Taylor will pay court costs of £85 and £60 victim surcharge. For driving with no insurance no further penalty was awarded.

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