Pensioner caught speeding at 111mph

A PENSIONER has been convicted of driving dangerously at speeds of up to 111mph on the A75.

Alexander Muir, 75, of Blackcraig near Newton Stewart was fined £1,000 and banned from driving for 18 months.

Muir, who had previously offered to plead guilty to a lesser charge of careless driving, was found guilty of driving dangerously at speeds of up to 111mph on the A75 at Cally Woods on the Gatehouse of Fleet bypass on September 9 last year.

Sheriff Robb said that the speed itself indicated dangerous driving and added that there is well-signed danger in that area for animals to run onto the road.

He added: “I am satisfied that these actions are far below the standards expected of a reasonable competent driver.”

Constable Neil Moffat, 42, of the Galloway Roads Unit, said he had been operating the speed gun that day and saw a vehicle travelling well in excess of the speed limit.

He said the device indicated 111mph and when they stopped Muir he said: “I can’t believe I was doing that speed.”

Muir, whose agent did not offer any evidence, was ordered to sit the extended driving test at the end of his disqualification.