NHS Shetland - Survey - March 2021

Failed to stop at junction

A PENSIONER from Gulberwick who caused a road accident when he failed to stop at a junction in front of an oncoming vehicle has been given four penalty points and a fine of £250.

David March, of Dunskey, admitted at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to driving without due care or attention on the A970 Lerwick to Cunningsburgh road at the Shurton Brae junction on 31 December.

He failed to give way at the junction and emerged onto the carriageway in the face of an oncoming car which was unable to avoid a collision.

The oncoming car left the carriageway and overturned, sustaining extensive damage and causing injury to the driver.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said the other driver suffered small cuts and a sprained ankle.

He added that March would have had a clear view from the junction.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said his client was very familiar with the particular junction and simply “misjudged” the manoeuvre.

March stopped to apologise to the driver and did everything he could to assist the process, the solicitor added.

Sheriff Philip Mann said the fact that the 77 year old should have had a clear view made the incident more “puzzling and serious”.


A WOMAN from Walls who drove at 40mph in a 20mph zone outside a school has been given three penalty points and a £150 fine.

Pauline Walterson, of Burland, admitted at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday to breaking the limit on the A971 near to the Happyhansel Primary School in Walls on 9 January.


AND a man from Coatbridge also received penalty points and a fine when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Basil Cass, of Coathill Street, admitted driving at 54mph in the 30mph zone on the B9076 between its junction with the A970 and the Moorfield Hotel in Brae on 26 January.

Representing himself, the 46 year old said he suffered a “lapse in judgement”.