Dangerous Driving Charge Fort William At Glencoe

Kept Licence
Fort William Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Our client was involved in a near miss and was charged with a contravention of the Road Traffic Act 1988, Section 2 commonly referred to as "dangerous driving".

The gravamen of the charge was that she had driven dangerously by carrying out an overtake when it was unsafe to do so causing other vehicles to brake heavily to avoid a collision. 

As is becoming increasingly common nowadays, the entire incident was captured on dash-cam footage, which was requisitioned by the Police and provided to the Court.

We viewed the footage on numerous occasions and eventually concluded that the driving was careless, not dangerous, but it was a marginal case.

We have had a good relationship with the Crown in Fort William for a number of years and we contacted the Regional Procurator Fiscal to discuss the case in detail. Following a couple of telephone consultations, it was agreed that the case would resolve by a plea of guilty being tendered to "careless driving" contrary to the Road Traffic Act 1988, Section 3.

The matter called at Fort William Sheriff Court on 17th June 2019 and our Mr Simpson addressed the Court in mitigation.

Following a viewing of the video and submissions made to the Court, the Sheriff was just persuaded that the matter could be dealt with by the imposition of penalty points. 

Our clients licence was endorsed with 9 penalty points and she was fined £675. In the circumstances this was an exceptional result.

 Kept Licence!


Published: 17/06/2019

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