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Speeding & careless driving land motorists with fines

A SCAFFOLDER from Lerwick who drove at 85mph in a 60mph zone while overtaking another vehicle has been given six penalty points and a £400 fine.

Scott McCulloch, of Mill Lane, committed the offence on the A970 at Dunrossness on 13 September.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said the 42 year old was stuck behind a slow moving van after leaving Sumburgh Airport before overtaking the vehicle.

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The solicitor added that there was a line of traffic behind the van and that McCulloch drove at speed to allow other vehicles to also overtake.

CAUSING a collision which resulted in a motorcyclist being flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with “severe” injuries has landed an 85 year old man with four penalty points and a £400 fine.

Gilbert Johnson, of Harbour View, Vidlin, previously admitted driving without due care or attention on the A970 at the Windy Grind junction near Tingwall on 12 April.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday that the pensioner collided with the motorcycle while coming out of the junction.

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The biker suffered a large open wound on his right clavicle, which needed attention at Lerwick’s Gilbert Bain Hospital and subsequently in Aberdeen.

He also had two broken ribs and some bruising on his feet.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client, who was unfamiliar with the section of road, had his visibility affected by low sunlight.

A PENSIONER from Unst who misjudged an overtaking manoeuvre, struck a lorry and caused oncoming vehicles to take evasive action has been given three penalty points and a fine of £300.

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Marjorie Rollo, of the island’s Hillview, pled guilty to driving carelessly on the A970 at the Half Way House on 13 July.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told the court that the 74 year old had been attempting to overtake a lorry.

However, she drove too close to the vehicle and hit it – making her wing mirror break off – and caused oncoming cars to brake sharply.

Mackenzie said Rollo had been advised by her husband, who was a passenger, to overtake the lorry, but she wasn’t used to driving on the Shetland mainland.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client had ventured onto the mainland to collect her husband from Lerwick’s Gilbert Bain Hospital following an appointment.

Sheriff Philip Mann said that while Rollo is “probably the boss in the house”, she has to be the “boss” behind the wheel too.

A WOMAN from Trondra has been given three penalty points and a £300 fine after admitting driving carelessly earlier this year.

Ayesha Huda, of Trondheim, pled guilty to driving into the path of a car at the junction into the B9073 road near Gulberwick, causing a collision which resulted in damage to both vehicles.

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Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the 48 year old executed a right hand turn in the face of the oncoming vehicle.

The two occupants of the other car reviewed minor injuries, such as ligament damage, as did Huda.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client had shown a great deal of remorse over the incident.

John Ratter from Voe was also given three points and a £300 fine after admitting driving carelessly on the A968 at Dales Voe on 5 May and colliding with another vehicle.

Defence agent Chris Dowle said his client had become distracted by other vehicles while coming up to a junction, with the 63 year old and the two occupants of the other car both receiving minor injuries.

His mind was also elsewhere after receiving bad news relating to a family illness prior to the crash.

“That day and the consequences of it will live with him for many years to come,” Dowle said.

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