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Bans for drink drivers

TWO men were banned from the road after they admitted separate drink driving offences at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

Mark Muir, of Victoria Gardens, Banff, was disqualified for three years and fined £700 for driving with 76 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath on Lerwick’s Commercial Road on 27 August.

Stuart Orr, of Stove, Sandwick, was banned for one year and fined £400 for having a count of 39 microgrammes near to the Black Gaet junction on 16 August.

The legal limit is 22 microgrammes of alcohol.

Twenty seven year old Muir received a longer ban as he had a previous conviction related to drink driving.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Muir was stopped by police at 3am following concern from the public.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said the groundworker was in Shetland at the time through his job and took to the wheel after a night out.

Forty eight year old Orr was stopped by police at around 7.30pm on a minor road traffic matter and failed a roadside screening test.

Allan said the chef had a few drinks the night before as well as a couple more early the next day and didn’t realise he would be over the limit.

Both men can reduce their bans by one quarter if they complete a drink-drivers rehabilitation course.