Driver fined for doing 95mph

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A ferry pilot was caught driving at speeds of upto 95mph as he rushed to put a boat in the water.

Gary Mercer hit the accelerator pedal after he was held up by slow moving lorries on the road.

Traffic cops clocked him doing well over the national speed limit on the A9 in West Lothian, Livingston Sheriff Court heard.

Mercer told the court that the 2 litre Mazda Premacy Sport he was driving was much more powerful than his own car, which was in for an MoT that day.

He claimed he’d been trying to make up for lost time and catch the high tide at South Queensferry after being delayed by heavy goods vehicles on the M9 motorway.

Mercer, 52, of Ferry Road, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, was charged with speeding at 100mph after he was stopped by police on May 3.

He pled guilty yesterday to a reduced charge of driving at 95mph in a 70mph zone.

Catherine Knowles, prosecuting, said weather conditions were fine and traffic was light to moderate when the accused was caught just before 3.30pm.

Sheriff Celia Sanderson highlighted the fact that Mercer had a clean driving licence and had never been in trouble before.

She fined him £350 and imposed six penalty points.