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Jailed for speeding with children in car and no seat belts on

A 27-year-old man has been sent to prison for driving at 150mph with four children in the back of the car, none of whom were wearing seat belts. Six-month-old twins were found in car seats in the rear of the Mercedes, along with a one-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy who was in the foot well.
Keith Millard was seen by police officers on the A1 near Norman Cross in Cambridgeshire in September last year. He was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison for speeding and also for driving with no insurance.
Mr Millard was stopped by police officers once he had slowed down to around 90mph because of traffic, and the four children were then discovered in the back of the vehicle. He explained to the police that they were in a hurry because they had missed their ferry to Germany from Hull, and were trying to catch the last ferry from Dover.
Once Mr Millard had been stopped, the police discovered that the Mercedes actually belonged to his father and that Mr Millard was not insured to drive it.
The law states that all passengers in all vehicles must wear a seat belt, and that children under the age of three must be secured in a suitable child restraint. If they are not, the driver of the vehicle is liable for prosecution.In addition, there are penalties for driving without insurance, including seizure of the vehicle and hefty fines.
However, the most shocking part of this story is the excessive speed at which Mr Millard was driving. Sgt Murray from Cambridgeshire Police commented that it was only through sheer luck that no one was injured or killed by his driving.
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