Dangerous Driving Two Cases At Edinburgh

Kept Licence
Edinburgh Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Our Mr Simpson appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in respect of two markedly different allegations of dangerous driving. Both licences were retained.

Case 1 - Ambulance Driver on Emergency Call

Client 1 was an ambulance driver responding to a category 1 emergency with blue lights flashing. Whilst en route to this emergency, another urgent call came in and she had to quickly change direction in order to respond to it, inadvertently straying onto the opposing carriageway whilst doing so. The Crown elected to proceed with a charge of dangerous driving contrary to the Road Traffic Act 1988, Section 2 (as amended) due to an unrelated incident that was temporally proximate.

Numerous months of negotiations resulted in a watered down plea to a contravention of the Road Traffic Act 1988, Section 3 (aka 'careless driving').

Mitigation was submitted on behalf of our client resulting in 3 penalty points and no fine. An outstanding and completely justified disposal.

 Kept Licence!

Case 2 - Accountant Accused of Dangerous Driving

Client 2 was a very respectable man who had carried out a questionable overtake, applied his brakes inappropriately causing a collision between his vehicle and the preceding vehicle and thereafter had left the scene.

He was charged with dangerous driving and failing to stop and report. The video evidence was not remotely helpful and, for once, actually solidified the Crown case. On the morning of the Intermediate Diet, Mr Simpson was able to persuade the Crown to accept a plea of guilty to careless driving. Following a plea in mitigation our client's licence was endorsed with 7 penalty points and he was fined £750. A quite remarkable outcome in the circumstances.

 Kept Licence!

Published: 14/01/2022

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