100mph driver escapes ban despite six points

Jason Kane was ordered to appear at Livingston Sheriff Court. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
Jason Kane was ordered to appear at Livingston Sheriff Court. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
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A motorist clocked doing 100mph escaped a driving ban yesterday despite already having six penalty points on his licence.

Jason Kane was caught in a police speed trap as he drove on the Edinburgh to Stirling M9 motorway near Linlithgow.

He earlier pled guilty by letter to speeding but was ordered to appear personally for sentence yesterday at Livingston Sheriff Court.

Kane, 37, from Broxburn, West Lothian, admitted driving a Hyundai I30 diesel well in excess of the 70mph limit on June 19.

Katrine Craig, fiscal depute, said the accused was snared at 10.50am. in dry conditions and moderate traffic.

She said when police officers stopped Kane’s vehicle and cautioned and charged him he made no reply.

Martin Black, defending, revealed that his Kane’s licence was already endorsed with six penalty points for two fixed penalty offences.

Apart from those, he claimed, his client had an otherwise unblemished driving record.

He said: “He finds himself on the first occasion in danger of losing his entitlement to drive.

“He’s employed by Northgate Vehicle Hire as asset co-ordinator. It may come as no surprise that the nature of his work takes him throughout the UK.”

He added: “His driving licence is a pre-requisite of him retaining his current employment.

“He was returning from one depot to another and clearly his speed reached an unacceptable level.”

Kane was fined £300 and had his licence endorsed with four penalty points.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Douglas Kinloch told him that 100mph on the motorway was “a very fast speed indeed”.

He highlighted the existing penalty points which could have led to Kane being banned for six months.

He added: “I have to consider very carefully if it means you have to be disqualified from driving because of the dangers which can be caused by that type of speed.

“Having listened to your solicitor it’s only really because it appears you’ll lose your job if you’re disqualified from driving that I’m not going to disqualify you.

“I’ll deal with this by way of penalty points and a fine which will be quite high for a speeding offence.”