Speeding driver keeps his licence

A twenty-year-old driver who admitted driving at 90mph on the A75 last Novem­ber was fined £400 by Sheriff M M Wood at the court in Stranraer this week.

Scott Brown, from Princes Road, Newton Stewart, admitted careless driving when speeding on a dual carriageway section of road and crossing a solid white line when attempting to overtake another vehicle when the visibility of oncoming cars was restricted, between Barlae 
and the Halfway House near Kirkcowan on November 20. His licence was also endorsed with nine penalty points.

Procurator fiscal Paula Forbes told the court that on the night in question, that stretch of road was being patrolled by an unmarked police car which clocked the accused travelling along the dual carriageway west of Barlae at 90mph. The police then witnessed Brown trying to overtake cars by crossing the white line and entering the opposite carriageway on a stretch of single carriageway.

Defending, agent Ian Milligan said that the overtaking was carried out on a stretch of road with “wide sweeping bends at that point” where there was limited visibility of vehicles coming the opposite way. The solicitor added that his client had only broken the speed limit on the dual carriageway.

Mr Milligan said Brown’s licence was very important to him as without it he could not continue working.

Sentencing, Sheriff Wood told the accused he had chosen to drive in this fashion, adding that “the white lines are there for a purpose”.

He allowed Brown to keep his licence, commenting that the nine penalty points would impel him to drive carefully for the next few years.