Speed­ing driver nar­rowly es­capes jail term

The Oban Times - - News -

A PRO­FES­SIONAL driver nar­rowly es­caped be­ing banned from the road and los­ing his job af­ter he ad­mit­ted driv­ing at more than twice the speed limit.

Char­lie Coull, 22, of 19 Cameron Place, Fort Wil­liam, ad­mit­ted driv­ing care­lessly at speeds of up to 65mph in a 30mph zone on May 1 2016 on the A82 north of Fort Wil­liam.

Coull’s so­lic­i­tor Stephen Kennedy told Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court Coull al­ready had six points on his driv­ing li­cence for fail­ure to stop and re­port.

Mr Kennedy told the court Coull re­alised he had put him­self in a ‘ very se­ri­ous po­si­tion’ as he is in full-time em­ploy­ment as a driver/shunter and his li­cence was es­sen­tial to his em­ploy­ment.

He said Coull had spo­ken to his em­ploy­ers who had told him if he was dis­qual­i­fied for any­thing longer than two months he would lose his job.

Mr Kennedy added that Coull seemed to be a val­ued em­ployee and his em­ployer would like to keep him.

He there­fore sug­gested to the sher­iff that he give six points or fewer, or none, and no disqual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Mr Kennedy asked that the sher­iff take into ac­count the fact his client had a lot of debts to pay and that Coull’s pre­vi­ous points were not for speed­ing but as the re­sult of clip­ping a van that braked sud­denly in front of him.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Tay­lor said: ‘It seems that al­though you may well have reached speeds of 65mph, you did so for what was re­ally the blink of an eye.’

He added: ‘Let it be a les­son to you that if you do speed you are likely to get caught.’

Sher­iff Tay­lor fined Coull £ 500, to be paid in monthly in­stal­ments of £125, and is­sued four penalty points.

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