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A speedster who risked losing his driving job received a compromise punishment when he appeared in court.


Ross Macleod, of Shawbost, Lewis, was on the brink of being disqualified for six months after being caught speeding at 95mph in a 60mph zone at Arnol in Lewis.


He put his foot down not realising police were undertaking speed checks on the long sweeping bend at 8.40pm on 20 November.


Originally, he faced the more serious charge of dangerous driving but fiscal Karen Smith accepted a guilty plea to speeding when his case called at Stornoway Sheriff Court


But the 23-year-old removals driver - who already has nine points on his licence - faced being disqualification until September under the totting up procedure.


Lawyer, Angus Macdonald pleaded to the sheriff to impose a direct driving ban rather than additional penalty points.


Mr Macdonald said Macleod’s boss “said he would only keep the job open for six weeks but no more.”


The solicitor added: “He will have difficulty in obtaining other work given the situation.


Sheriff Eric Brown told Macleod he should “consider yourself lucky” that he would ban him for just five weeks “with some hesitation.”


He also imposed a £1,000 fine warning him that people who “depend on a licence for a job or getting about should be more careful.”

Speeding driver receives ban to save his job

10 March 2017