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D&G woman banned from driving after hitting soldier

The woman failed to stop after her van hit a pedestrian on the B7076 Credit: ITV Border

A 35-year- old woman who failed to stop after her van hit a pedestrian on a country road between Lockerbie and Beattock, has been banned from driving for 18 months.

Lynn Fullarton, of Moffat Manor Country Park at Beattock, was also ordered by the Sheriff at Dumfries to re-sit a test before regaining her licence and to carry out 180 hours unpaid work.

She admitted driving dangerously last July on the B7076 road, failing to provide adequate passing distance and causing her vehicle to strike the pedestrian on the body and failing to stop an ensure his welfare.

The pedestrian – a soldier – was taken to Dumfries Infirmary with a broken shoulder and broken finger and the court was told that as a result of the accident he had lost a promotion in a specialist role which would have meant an increase of £700 a month in his salary.

Road safety charity slams Warne's fine

Australian cricketer Shane Warne has escaped a driving ban after being caught travelling at 103mph on the M74 near Gretna.

The 43-year-old was fined £500 and had five penalty points added to his license at court in Dumfries.

However, a road safety charity have slammed the decision:

"High profile sports stars have a responsibility to set an example so it is particularly disturbing to see a role model such as Shane Warne endangering lives behind the wheel.

"Driving at 103 mph is dangerous and irresponsible and the consequences of this behaviour can be devastating.

"We would urge the courts to use the full range of sentencing powers available to them and ban drivers that are driving way in excess of the speed limit in order to provide a strong deterrent to others from taking similar risks.”

– A spokesperson from road safety charity 'Brake'

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Shane Warne escapes driving ban for 103mph on A74(M) near Gretna

Shane Warne Credit: PA

Australian cricketer Shane Warne has escaped a driving ban after being caught travelling at 103mph on the M74 near Gretna.

The 43-year-old was fined £500 and had five penalty points added to his license at court in Dumfries.

Warne is currently in Australia and was represented by his solicitor, Graham Walker, who tendered the plea of guilty to driving at 103mph on the northbound carriageway north of Gretna, on 17th September 2012.

He had been driving on an Australian licence at the time of the offence and said it was simply 'an error of judgement.'

Graham Walker said:

“Warne is a man who had no previous convictions and no points on his driving licence and travels thousands of miles a year.”