Ipswich motorist banned for dangerous driving at red traffic lights while children were waiting to cross

Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street.

Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A mum-of-three who ran a red light while children and a mother were waiting to cross the road has been banned from the road lost her licence after admitting dangerous driving.

Michaela Wade, of Alan Road, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to the offence when she appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

The incident occurred on April 29 at the junction of Landseer Road and Clapgate Lane.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said a driving instructor was in the passenger seat of his vehicle which was traveling along Landseer Road towards the traffic lights.

He had two pupils in the car who were on a training course. One was in the driver’s seat, the other was in the back.

The instructor’s car had dash cams in it.

As it approached the traffic lights the tutor noticed a Renault Clio close rapidly behind his Peugeot. He believed it was being driven in an aggressive manner when his vehicle was driving through an area with parked cars.

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When the instructor’s car braked at the traffic lights which were on amber, Wade - who was driving the Clio - accelerated past it, crossing the junction after the lights had turned to red, the court heard.

The tutor was said to be alarmed as a mother with a pushchair and two small children were waiting to cross on the right-hand side.

On the other side there was a young boy.

Footage from a dash cam was said to the show Wade attempting to overtake the Peugeot while it was slowing to a stop.

The Peugeot came to a halt when the lights turned to red, but Wade’s Clio overtook it and jumped the lights.

The court heard the 33-year-old had no previous convictions.

Andrew Cleall, representing Wade, said his client was “incredibly remorseful”.

He added: “There’s no getting away from the fact that the overtaking manoeuvre going through the red light crosses the threshold to dangerous driving.”

Magistrates were told Wade, who looked tearful, had a clean driving licence which she had held for 12 years.

It was said she had come to court unaware of the seriousness of what she had done until it was explained to her.

Wade is a part-time receptionist and a mother to three children. She was worried about the impact the court case would have on her job.

The court heard the only thing she could say in mitigation what that the day before the incident her family had suffered a bereavement.

Magistrates banned Wade from driving for 12 months and fined her £335.

She must also pay £85 costs and £34 to the victims’ fund.

When Wade’s ban ends she must take an extended driving test before she is able to get her licence back.

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