Shieldhill drink-driver given four-figure fine over failure to do unpaid work

A Shieldhill drink-driver who ran a red light has been hit with a hefty fine.

By Herald Reporter
Monday, 9th November 2020, 4:45 pm

Laura Morton (35), of 18 Elim Drive, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving by travelling on the wrong side of a ‘keep left’ bollard, driving at excessive speed and failing to negotiate the red light in Main Street, Larbert on July 12, 2018.

She also admitted driving on the B905 in Central Scotland that day when she had 31 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, exceeding the 22mcg limit.

During an appearance at Falkirk Sheriff Court last week, her solicitor, Simon Hutchison, told Sheriff Derek Livingston how Morton had struggled to attend for unpaid work after having a knee replacement.

Shieldhill woman Laura Morton appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Mr Hutchison added: “She is now the manager of an equestrian centre in Shieldhill. She is the only member of staff and finds it difficult getting time off.”

Morton’s unpaid work order was revoked and she was fined £1000, payable at £50 per week, as an alternative to custody.

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