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Pensioner fined for slow driving
Stirling Sheriff Court
Mrs Lamond was allowed to keep her licence at Stirling Sheriff Court
A 75-year-old widow has been fined 200 for driving too slowly.

Mary Lamond was doing just five miles an hour as she approached every bend on a twisting road in Stirlingshire.

The retired teacher was returning to her home north of Glasgow after a day out visiting friends who lived in the country.

Stirling Sheriff Court heard she did not usually drive at night in the dark and that she was wearing a new pair of glasses she was not yet used to.

The court was told that a massive queue of traffic built up behind her as she slowed from a maximum speed of 35mph down to a walking pace as she approached every bend on the twisting A81 between Dumgoyne and Blanefield, in west Stirlingshire.

People who drive as slowly as that cause as much difficulty and danger on the road as people who speed
RAC spokeswoman

The retired teacher's car, leading a long procession of fuming motorists, was eventually spotted and followed by a police patrol, who at first thought the driver must be drunk.

Craig Harris, prosecuting, said it was dark when Mrs Lamond was spotted, at about 1900 BST on 18 October last year.

He said: "She indicated to the police that she wasn't in the habit of driving at night in the dark.

"I might add that there was no suggestion of any alcohol having been taken."

The retired teacher, from Bearsden, pleaded guilty to driving carelessly and without due consideration for other road users by braking at each corner "in a manner so as to cause the vehicle to slow down almost to a halt" and by driving erratically at five to 35mph, causing other drivers to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

'Got lost'

Her solicitor, Gordon Fraser, said his client drove all over central Scotland meeting friends, regularly travelling as far as St Andrews and Dunkeld without mishap - but she wore spectacles and did not normally drive in the dark.

He said that on the day in question she had been meeting friends in Killearn and had got lost, returning to Bearsden "much later in the day than anticipated".

He added: "She had just obtained new lenses for her glasses and found some difficulty when vehicles approached in the other direction and this was the reason for her braking dramatically."

Sheriff Liddell fined Mrs Lamond 200 and endorsed her licence with six penalty points.

After the case, motoring organisations said the former teacher should think about giving up driving.

Spokeswoman for the RAC in Scotland, Sue Nicholson, said: "People who drive as slowly as that cause as much difficulty and danger on the road as people who speed."

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