Man banned from driv­ing af­ter con­fu­sion causes two col­li­sions

Go­ing the wrong way, driver tried to go through gap in bar­rier

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Janet Thom­son

A driver’s con­fu­sion when re­join­ing the A90 at Stra­cathro and a sub­se­quent col­li­sion in­volv­ing two other ve­hi­cles has cost him his driv­ing li­cence.

Al­bert Bullen, 60, of Rose Street, Aberdeen, pled guilty at For­far Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day to driv­ing his car with­out due care and at­ten­tion on the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen dual car­riage­way on Oc­to­ber 20 2017.

He drove into the path of an on­com­ing car caus­ing a col­li­sion that pushed his ve­hi­cle onto the south­bound car­riage­way and into the path of an on­com­ing car.

He also pled guilty to in­jur­ing his pas­sen­ger San­dra Lind­say, David Philip and his pas­sen­ger Maria John­ston, and Robert Fer­rier, the driver of the south­bound ve­hi­cle and his pas­sen­ger Wendy Gib­son.

De­pute fis­cal Bill Ker­mode told the court: “Mr Philip car­ried out an emer­gency stop but col­lided with the

“This has stayed with him. He was trav­el­ling south and was in­tend­ing to go to Ed­in­burgh. DE­PUTE FIS­CAL BILL KER­MODE

ac­cused’s ve­hi­cle. The ac­cused’s ve­hi­cle was shunted into the south­bound car­riage­way and into the path of the car be­ing driven by Mr Fer­rier.

“Mr Fer­rier was trav­el­ling at 70 miles per hour and was un­able to avoid the ac­cused’s ve­hi­cle, caus­ing ex­ten­sive dam­age to both ve­hi­cles.”

Bullen’s agent told the court his client had been driv­ing for 40 years and had never been in­volved in such an in­ci­dent.

“This has stayed with him. He was trav­el­ling south and was in­tend­ing to go to Ed­in­burgh. He had never stopped at Stra­cathro be­fore.

“He was ex­it­ing the ser­vice sta­tion, there is a small round­about and a fly­over which takes you south.

“He be­came con­fused at the round­about and, be­fore he knew it, was go­ing north.

“He sees a gap and starts to move across.

“It was twi­light, he ac­cepts he failed to prop­erly check his mir­rors. He had only gone a very short dis­tance when he saw a gap in the bar­rier.

“He very much re­grets this.” Sher­iff Derek Reekie en­dorsed his li­cence with six penalty points which, due to the tot­ting up procedure, dis­qual­i­fied him for six months.

He also fined Bullen £450. jath­om­son@the­

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