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Driver speeding at 103mph escapes ban

By SPP Reporter

Driver appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court today.
Driver appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court today.

A motorist who reached speeds of up to 103mph as he overtook a line of motor cyclists on the A832 at Achanalt by Achnasheen in Ross-shire, escaped a driving ban at Inverness Sheriff Court today.

Solicitor Ronnie Simpson told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that David Aitken had a clean driving licence and needed it for his employment as a graphic designer.

Aitken (37) of Oronsay Crescent, Bearsden, admitted driving carelessly on June 5 and overtaking a number of motor cycles at 103mph.

The father of two was originally charged with dangerous driving but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of careless driving.

Mr Simpson said Aitken had a two-hour commute to Falkirk for his work and he had his family to support.

The solicitor said Aitken was on holiday and when he started to overtake, the motor cyclists sped up.

Sheriff Neilson fined him £400 and endorsed his licence with six penalty points.

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