Johnson banned from driving after car clocked at 107mph
England rugby star Martin Johnson has been banned from driving after speeding at 107mph with his wife and children in the car.
The former World Cup captain was stopped on the M5 in Somerset as he returned from a weekend away at his holiday home near Salcombe, Devon.
A marked police car pulled his Range Rover over after he was spotted "overtaking all other traffic" in the fast lane between Junctions 24 and 23 near Bridgwater, Somerset.
Johnson, 43, of Mowsley, near Lutterworth, Leicestershire, admitted speeding at Taunton Magistrates' Court.
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He was banned from driving for 49 days, fined £800 and ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge and £35 costs following the offence, which took place at 10pm on August 13.
Stephen Gooden, defending, told magistrates: "He admitted his guilt at the first available opportunity and co-operated with police.
"When he was stopped, the traffic was light and he was in a very powerful vehicle. He wasn't going to risk his wife, daughter and son's safety. He understands the seriousness of the matter."
Johnson captained England to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003 and then became manager until he retired in 2011.
He is now self-employed and earns between £55,000 and £60,000 per year from irregular sources of work such as media commentating and public speaking, the court was told. But magistrates heard he also undertakes charity work and relies on his vehicle to attend events.
Mr Goodem added that he "uses his name very much for the benefit of others and is heavily involved in charities up and down the country".
After the hearing, Johnson – who won 84 England and eight British Lions caps – headed off to a charity dinner in London by train.
But he was criticised by local road safety campaigner Jane Hofmeister, whose 13-year-old daughter Amy was mown down by a speeding driver who was racing his girlfriend in Taunton in June 2011.
She said: "It isn't a good example from somebody in the public eye.
"Speed kills – end of. We have speed limits for a reason.
"Driving in excess of 100mph just isn't acceptable – you're putting yourself, your passengers and everybody else at risk."