Tayside and Central Scotland

100mph A90 road racers get driving bans

Forfar Sheriff Court
Image caption Forfar Sheriff Court was told the road was wet at the time of the incident

Three men who raced each other on an Angus dual carriageway at more than 100mph have been given driving bans.

A court heard Matthew Florence, Steven Anderson and Craig Robertson drove down a five-mile stretch of the A90 at "grossly excessive" speeds.

The men overtook each other repeatedly during the incident on 16 February last year.

Florence was fined £1,500, while Anderson and Robertson were ordered to carry out unpaid work.

'Shame and embarrassment'

Florence, 21, of Brechin, and 22-year-olds Anderson and Robertson, both from Kirriemuir, admitted a charge at Forfar Sheriff Court of dangerous driving on the southbound A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road.

Defence solicitor Brian Bell, for Florence, said: "He expresses shame and embarrassment about his behaviour.

Nick Markowski, for Anderson, said his client would lose his job over the incident.

He said: "It was a road they were well familiar with. There was an element of peer pressure and immaturity involved.

Grant Bruce, representing Robertson, added: "He is remorseful and fully understands what he has done."

Appalling conduct

Sheriff Gregor Murray banned Florence from the road for a year and disqualified Anderson and Robertson for 18 months.

All three were ordered to resit the extended driving test before being allowed back on the road.

Anderson will carry out 225 hours of unpaid work while Robertson will carry out 175 hours.

Sheriff Murray said: "I make it clear that in your cases, Mr Anderson and Mr Robertson, these offences are at the most serious end of the dangerous driving spectrum.

"Your conduct was appalling given the speed, the manner of your driving, the fact the road was wet and that you were carrying passengers.

"Had it not been for your clean record and general good backgrounds and your guilty pleas, I make it clear you would have been going to jail."

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