Woman banned for dangerous driving

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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 about 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 imposed a fine of £400.

McNaughton must sit and pass an extended test of competence before she gets her licence back.