Man given un­paid work af­ter near-miss with mum and son on ze­bra cross­ing

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A MAN has been or­dered to carry out un­paid work af­ter al­most hit­ting a mum and three-year-old child with his car on a ze­bra cross­ing.

Michael Shaw, 23, ap­peared at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day where he was given 180 hours of un­paid work to be com­pleted within nine months.

Shaw, whose ad­dress was given in court pa­pers as Edge­hill Ter­race, Aberdeen, was pre­vi­ously found guilty of driv­ing a mo­tor car dan­ger­ously at ex­ces­sive speed for the road, while us­ing a mo­bile tele­phone and fail­ing to main­tain proper ob­ser­va­tion. He also failed to give right of way to a mum and her son, then aged three, on a ze­bra cross­ing and caus­ing them to take eva­sive ac­tion to avoid be­ing struck by the ve­hi­cle. The of­fence took place on Great West­ern Road in Aberdeen on Fe­bru­ary 13. Shaw’s solic­i­tor told the court: “He ac­cepts that what he’s been con­victed of is a very se­ri­ous mat­ter.”

Sher­iff Gra­ham Buchanan said: “It’s plain from the ev­i­dence I have heard peo­ple who were on the cross­ing at the time had a nar­row es­cape.”

Sher­iff Buchanan or­dered Shaw, who was also dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing, to carry out un­paid work as a di­rect al­ter­na­tive to a prison sen­tence.

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