117mph Mo­ray driver faces jail

Court: Man drove through vil­lage which cam­paigned against speed­ing

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID MACKAY

A MO­rAy mo­torist faces a lengthy driv­ing ban af­ter be­ing caught driv­ing at 117mph – nearly twice the limit – on a no­to­ri­ous stretch of road.

John Adam­son, from New El­gin, weaved in and out of traf­fic on the B9040 Lossiemouth to Hope­man road while po­lice giv­ing chase strug­gled to keep up.

res­i­dents liv­ing on the ru­ral route have re­sorted to us­ing hairdry­ers to mimic speed cam­eras while wear­ing flu­o­res­cent jack­ets in the past in a des­per­ate at­tempt to get driv­ers to slow down.

Last night, Hope­man mum-of-three Car­men Gil­lies con­demned the self­ish ac­tions of the 22-year-old.

She said: “The speed peo­ple travel through the vil­lage can be hor­ren­dous. They’ve not had any thought about any­one other than them­selves.”

Po­lice re­vealed Adam­son was cover­ing more than 50 me­tres a sec­ond in the 60mph zone when they caught him on June 24. At that speed it would take 247 me­tres to stop.

Fis­cal Ali­son young said: “There has been sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est in this stretch of road due to con­cerns it is at­tract­ing a boy racer el­e­ment. At the speeds the ac­cused was trav­el­ling he could eas­ily have lost con­trol if a tyre had burst.”

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing at El­gin Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day and will re­turn to the dock next month to be sen­tenced.

A Mo­ray mo­torist caught do­ing 117mph on a no­to­ri­ous stretch of road where fed-up res­i­dents re­cently re­sorted to us­ing hairdry­ers as mock speed cam­eras has been banned from driv­ing.

John Adam­son, from New El­gin, was do­ing nearly twice the limit – and cover­ing more than 50 me­tres a sec­ond – in his Audi S3 on the B9040 Lossiemouth to Hope­man road on June 24.

The 22-year-old over­took up to three cars at a time as he weaved in and out of traf­fic while po­lice gave chase.

Yes­ter­day El­gin Sher­iff Court heard of­fi­cers strug­gled to keep up with the driver on the road as they drove at the “max­i­mum safe speed” they could.

The ru­ral route has be­come no­to­ri­ous with “boy racer” driv­ers.

The Press and Jour­nal re­ported in Fe­bru­ary that res­i­dents in Hope­man were mak­ing in­no­va­tive at­tempts to get mo­torists to slow down.

Of­fi­cers were car­ry­ing out speed checks in the area af­ter re­spond­ing to traf­fic con­cerns from res­i­dents in the vil­lage when Adam was caught.

Yes­ter­day the Hard­hillock Av­enue res­i­dent ap­peared in the dock to plead guilty to a sin­gle charge of dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Fis­cal Ali­son Young ex­plained that of­fi­cers had clocked the Audi’s speed with a laser be­fore set­ting off in pur­suit.

She said: “At the speeds the ac­cused was trav­el­ling, he could eas­ily have lost con­trol if a tyre had burst.

“If that had hap­pened at those speeds then it could have re­sulted in se­ri­ous or fa­tal in­juries.

“Along that stretch of road there are many small ac­cess roads lead­ing to res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties. I un­der­stand he over­took cars at an ac­tive junc­tion – putting them­selves and him at risk.

“A car that was us­ing the junc­tion would not ex­pect some­body to be trav­el­ling to­wards them at that speed.”

Adam­son, who had two pas­sen­gers in the car, even­tu­ally slowed down as he ap­proached Hope­man from the east.

Po­lice es­ti­mated it would have taken the car about 247 me­tres to stop.

Hope­man mum Car­men Gil­lies’ chil­dren have cre­ated lad­ders over their gar­den walls to avoid hav­ing to step out on to the road

“Es­ti­mated it would have taken the car about 247 me­tres to stop”

to visit neigh­bours due to the speed of traf­fic.

Last night, the Forsyth Street res­i­dent con­demned Adam­son’s be­hav­iour.

She said: “The speed peo­ple go trav­el­ling through Hope­man can be hor­ren­dous. Lo­cals are very aware of it – it tends to be peo­ple go­ing from A to B, com­mut­ing to work or what­ever.

“That’s a se­ri­ous speed. They’ve ob­vi­ously not had any thought about any­one other than them­selves.

“Credit to the po­lice, they’ve ob­vi­ously lis­tened to the con­cerns of the com­mu­nity. Hope­fully it raises aware­ness of the prob­lem that faces a lot of vil­lages.”

Dur­ing court pro­ceed­ings, Sher­iff Olga Pas­port­nikov asked Adam­son: “Do you take any is­sue with the man­ner of driv­ing that has been de­scribed?”

Adam­son, who was rep­re­sent­ing him­self, replied: “No.”

Sen­tence was de­ferred un­til Novem­ber 9 for re­ports to be pre­pared af­ter the 22-year-old ad­mit­ted driv­ing dan­ger­ously at a speed of 117mph in a 60mph zone where there are blind spots and by driv­ing into the op­pos­ing car­riage­way to over­take other cars.

Adam­son was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing un­til his next court date. The of­fence car­ries a min­i­mum driv­ing ban of 12 months.

GUILTY: John Adam­son, from New El­gin, ad­mit­ted dan­ger­ous driv­ing

BLAST­ING SPEEDERS: Coun­cil­lor Den­nis Slater used a hairdryer to mimic a speed cam­era in Hope­man

John Adam­son was driv­ing an Audi S3

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