I got this idea after telling this story on another forum to a young lad who is in the same situation as i was. Post up your stories, dealings with cops/courts etc. This thread will make interesting late night reading A week before i was off my R Plates (Restriction of 45mph for first two years in N.Ire) , I got caught doing 79mph in a dual carrigeway 50mph limit. I didnt even know it was a 50, i didnt see the sign, although irrelevant as i was speeding anyway. I remember the night well, Officers were in an unmarked light blue Rover 75 estate. The officer was literally standing right in the middle of the dual carrigeway with the hairdryer (not sure how he thought this was a good idea). The officers were horrible to me, gave me such a doing and made me watch a DVD in their car about people crashing and dying. They made it pretty clear that they thought i'd never drive again. Come to think of it i wish i had of got their badge numbers now, theres no way anyone should be treated like i was, treated as if i was criminal. Anyway they said i'd recieve a summons in 6 months time, but it wasnt until 8 months passed that i got the dreaded 'Her Majesty's Service' letter. I got myself an excellent solicitor and went to court a few months later. I remember that morning too, walking into the court, white as a ghost, like death warmed up. Just before i entered the courtroom, my solicitor dropped the bombshell that the case before mine, another young lad, had got the books taken off him for a very similar offence by the same judge who, at this point, was very angry and did not take a good view on young lads. I remember feeling very faint, but i went in and took my seat. My solicitor was excellent, she made a very compelling case and argued every point for me. At the end, the judge looked over to me and sighed. He praised me for having no previous offences, for attending and taking the situation seriously and that i was well presented in my formal attire. His tone then suddenly changed and he angrily explained that he has to deal with young guys like me every day and that he needed to make an example out of me. At this point i was waiting for the worse to come out. The next words he uttered made me breathe a huge but quiet sigh of relief, his tone turned soft again and said that he could see the pain and worry in my face and that he thought on this occassion i had learned my lesson. He gave me 4 points and a £300 fine to be paid within 30 days. I was just happy that i was walking out of that courtroom with my licence. That was 6 years ago now, i was a baby faced 19yr old but still makes makes the sweat bubble on my forehead when i think of it today. A day i'll certainly never forget.