A leading paediatrician, who was caught speeding eight times by the same camera, has been banned from driving.
Dr Maria Hadjicosta, 45, drove her Mercedes E250 at speeds of up to 69mph on a stretch of motorway near Manchester that had a temporary 50mph limit.
She claimed she did not understand the provisional limit between Junction 18 and 19 of the Eastbound carriageway of the M60.
Hadjicosta, who is training to be a consultant at Royal Oldham Hospital, was disqualified from driving for 21 days under the totting up procedure and ordered to pay £1,615 in costs.
She had hoped to escape a ban after claiming she would suffer ‘exceptional hardship’ because she didn’t have access to public transport.
She added she would also be unable to treat patients.
Hadjicosta, from Newham, East London, broke the speed limit between April 15 and July 10 this year while she was living in Manchester with a friend.
Her lawyer Nick Terry told Manchester magistrates court: ‘During this time she was having problems with her accommodation and was living with a friend and whilst she did get the notifications it took some time before she was notified and she committed all the offences before she received the first notification.
‘This is not a lady who has repeatedly and knowingly breached the speed limit.’
‘The position has been made clear that if she cannot drive she cannot carry out her role and so she has put her livelihood and her career at risk.
‘This could have an impact on the hospital as there is a known shortage of doctors of her calibre.’
Chairman of the bench Marie Brinicombe responded to Hadjicosta’s claims of hardship by telling her he was more concerned for her patients.
‘We find the exceptional hardship will be caused to the patients not you,’ she said.
‘Two of these speeds were quite high and as a doctor you should know the effect that road accidents can have.’
The temporary speed limit had been introduced in 2014 as part of a £208m scheme to upgrade a 17 mile stretch of the M60 and M62 and create an extra lane.
The project is due for completion next year.
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