Man, 83, fined for over­tak­ing

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

An 83-year-old farmer who kept his driv­ing li­cence clean for more than half a cen­tury has been fined £150 for over­tak­ing cy­clists ‘too closely’. Al­bert Sauer, of Tangy­moil Farm, Tangy, was not at Camp­bel­town Jus­tice of the Peace Court on Mon­day be­cause of poor health but pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driv­ing through his so­lic­i­tor Chris­tian Kane. Jus­tice of the Peace Mar­garet McDowall or­dered six points re­duced to four be added to Sauer’s li­cence and fined him £200, re­duced to £150. Procu­ra­tor fis­cal de­pute Eoin McGinty said two cy­clists were on the A83 near to Kilchen­zie at about 11.30am on June 17 this year when a car trav­el­ling slowly be­hind them beeped its horn. The cy­clists told po­lice that at that point they could not see if there were any on­com­ing ve­hi­cles. They com­plained the car got very close to them, over­tak­ing on a cor­ner and al­most col­lid­ing with them. When po­lice went to Sauer’s home later, he said the pair had been ‘cy­cling care­lessly’ all over the road and in­sisted he had been able to see clearly ahead be­fore he over­took. Mr Kane told the court that if the cy­clists were con­cerned enough to re­port the mat­ter to the po­lice, his client was of the view that he had been too close to them. But added: ‘He beeped his horn to let them know that he was be­hind them, rather than out of frus­tra­tion.’ The court heard nowa­days Sauer just kept some lambs and don­keys on his farm and had a lim­ited in­come. Mr Kane also said his client, who had been ‘sur­prised’ when the po­lice called, had been driv­ing for more than 50 years and had a clean li­cence. He said Sauer had not been to the op­ti­cian for 30 years. ‘His eye­sight is fine,’ he said.

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