Joiner avoids ban after speeding outside Sound School

A man who drove at twice the reduced speed limit past Sound Primary School narrowly escaped a driving ban when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court today.

Instead self-employed joiner John Scollay, 35, of Houll Road in Scalloway, was fined £300 and had six points imposed on his licence.

Scollay had admitted driving on the Sound brae at 40mph while the temporary 20mph limit was in place. The road was wet at the time.

Defence agent Tommy Allan said Scollay had been suffering from a sickness bug and was thinking about other things.

He said Scollay had had a clean licence since he was 18, and needed his van for his work.

However sheriff Graeme Napier was less than pleased that Scollay had failed to slow down, especially as he would have been speeding even if the temporary limit had not been in place.

“You’re just at the limit where I would normally consider disqualification,” he said.

However he allowed him to keep his licence because of his circumstances.

Meanwhile, another two drivers caught breaking the 20mph limit in the same area were also fined on Wednesday.

Trevor Dedman, 61, of Hogalee in Scalloway, will have to pay £300 and have four points placed on his licence after driving at 36mph on 4th October

In a separate case, Derek Titherage, 67, of Gulberwick, also drove at 36mph, this time on 13th September. He also had four points imposed and was fined £250.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.