‘Foolish act’ results in new driver being banned for a year

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court
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Having only passed his test a week earlier, Adam Hall was caught driving over twice the alcohol limit.

The 21-year-old, of Wilton Hill, admitted driving a car in Princes Street and Langlands Road on June 22, with
a breath/alcohol reading of 93 mcgs – the legal limit being
35. Police stopped the accused at 2am and noted he was smelling of alcohol and his speech was slurred.

“He had just passed his test the week before and stupidly decided to go and get his car,” explained defence solicitor Ross Dow. “He drove 500 yards before he realised how stupid he was, and turned back to drive home. He didn’t have lights on, so the police stopped him.”

The solicitor described his client as “a sensible young man with a full-time job.

“This was a foolish act and he is suitably regretful and contrite,” he concluded.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond fined Hall – a first offender – £300 and banned him from driving for 12 months.