Care­less driver banned and fined

The Oban Times - - News -

UN­FOR­TU­NATELY for a 40-year- old driver from Kirk­in­til­loch, a po­lice car was among the ve­hi­cles which had to brake sud­denly when an over­tak­ing ma­noeu­vre went wrong.

Craig David Fyfe, of 5 Mitchell Gar­dens, ad­mit­ted driv­ing care­lessly when he ap­peared be­fore Sher­iff Eilidh MacDon­ald at Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court last week.

The court heard he had mis­judged an over­tak­ing move on the long, straight stretch when head­ing south on the A82 by St John’s Church near Bal­lachulilsh and had to cut in front sharply be­fore the sweep­ing left-hand bend. This caused an on- com­ing HGV to take eva­sive ac­tion.

‘The driver had to brake, caus­ing the lorry wheels to lock up,’ said procu­ra­tor fis­cal Martina East­wood. ‘The ve­hi­cles be­hind the HGV, in­clud­ing a marked po­lice car, had to brake sud­denly.’

His de­fence agent Hamish Mel­rose said Fyfe had been fol­low­ing a num­ber of slow-mov­ing ve­hi­cles head­ing south be­fore the in­ci­dent oc­curred.

Fyfe was fined £ 320 and lost his driv­ing li­cence for five months un­der the tot­ting-up pro­ce­dure, given the num­ber of points on his li­cence.

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