Fine and ban for driver who hit 72mph in Fife town’s 30mph zone

Dunfermline Sheriff Court.
Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

A motorist who drove at more than twice the speed limit through Dunfermline has been banned.

Jay Ferguson was caught driving at 72mph in a 30mph zone.

Ferguson, 20, of Admiralty Road, Rosyth, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He previously admitted that, on September 22 in Bothwell Street, Dunfermline, he drove a car carelessly at excessive speed – 72mph in a 30mph limit.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said the incident took place at 9.30pm when Ferguson was heading towards the centre of Dunfermline.

“Police were carrying out speed checks when they became aware of a Ford Fiesta being driven towards them at excessive speed,” he added.

Defence solicitor Alexander Flett said his client worked as a panel beater in Edinburgh and did not know as yet if a ban would affect his employment.

“He hadn’t appreciated the speed he was doing.

“He’d had an argument with his father and had gone out for a drive. The police stood out on the road to stop him and he did so.”

It was a “brief period of stupidity” added the solicitor.

Sheriff Charles MacNair said: “Driving at 72mph in a built-up area with a 30mph limit is at the higher end of careless driving offences in my view.”

He fined Ferguson £335 and banned him from driving for six months.