Motorist who drove ‘at’ tree worker banned from driving

A holidaymaker who became frustrated while waiting at a stop sign for tree felling operations on the A82, drove past the sign and repeatedly drove at one of the workers on the site, a court heard.

Lee White, 40, was yesterday (Friday) found guilty after trial at Fort William Sheriff Court, where he was fined £850 and banned from driving for 18 months for dangerous driving.

Sentencing White, the sheriff told him: “When a road man was trying to protect you and the other occupants of your vehicle from the risk of a tree or a bit of a tree coming down on top of you, you elected to engage in a game of dodgems with him causing him initially to fall over and then, on two separate occasions driving over his feet, fortunately in such a way than no injury of any significance was caused.

“His presence on the road was blindingly obvious because he was wearing high visibility gear and it’s a matter of good fortune that he did not sustain an injury, which could have led to him being permanently disabled.

“I regard this as a serious case of dangerous driving.”

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The FCA applaud this sentence, and would recommend that anybody encountering this kind of reckless disregard whilst working on public roads contact their local police immediately.
In the case of an incident like this, where frustrated motorists ignore warnings and signals to stop, please dial 999.

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