Woman, 58, loses li­cence

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

A Tar­bert woman who ad­mit­ted dan­ger­ously over­tak­ing a bus has lost her driv­ing li­cence. Alice MacNaughton, 58, of 8 Mar­ket Place, pleaded guilty at Camp­bel­town Sher­iff Court to dan­ger­ous driv­ing on the A83 at In­verneil on April 15. Procu­ra­tor fis­cal de­pute Kevin Do­herty told the court that a bus, trav­el­ling from Glas­gow to Camp­bel­town, was over­taken by a van at at 4.50pm in rainy con­di­tions. Al­though the van safely com­pleted its ma­noeu­vre, the bus driver was ‘alarmed’ to see an­other ve­hi­cle be­gin­ning to over­take after­wards as there was a car com­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. The bus driver, be­liev­ing there was go­ing to be a head-on col­li­sion, and the ap­proach­ing car both took eva­sive ac­tion, steer­ing to­wards the verges on ei­ther side of the road. The bus driver, who was ‘shaken and an­noyed’, noted the car’s num­ber plate and stopped to tele­phone the po­lice. CCTV footage from cam­eras on the bus was played in court. MacNaughton was iden­ti­fied as the reg­is­tered keeper of the ve­hi­cle and, when con­tacted by po­lice, ad­mit­ted she had been driv­ing at the time. Rep­re­sent­ing her­self in court, MacNaughton said: ‘When I started to over­take, there was noth­ing com­ing. It is the first time I have done this. I made an er­ror and I apol­o­gise.’ Sher­iff Patrick Hughes said: ‘It is right to con­sider this dan­ger­ous driv­ing. A col­li­sion was only nar­rowly avoided and could have been fa­tal.’ He dis­qual­i­fied MacNaughton from hold­ing or ob­tain­ing a driv­ing li­cence for 12 months and fined her £400. Mc­Naughton must sit and pass an ex­tended test of com­pe­tence be­fore she gets her li­cence back.

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