£400 fine for careless Dalmally driver

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A Dalmally man has picked up a £400 fine and received four penalty points for careless driving.

James Iain Gemmell, from Melbank Villa, Dalmally, admitted overtaking other road users when it was unsafe to do so by crossing solid white lines on approach to a blind bend.

The careless manoeuvre took place on March 30 last year on the A85 near to Pennyfuir Cemetery.

In the 19-year-old’s defence, his solicitor Jane McLaren explained that his licence was essential, as he lives in Dalmally and works in Oban.

‘It was a stupid mistake and one that he deeply regrets,’ she added.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes said: ‘The road markings are there for a reason,’ before issuing Gemmell with a £400 fine and four points on his licence.