Road Safety News

Businessman drove at 147mph on A9

Monday 2nd February 2009

A businessman has admitted driving at 147mph on the A9 - one of the highest speeds ever recorded on the road.

John McAllister was clocked doing more than twice the speed limit while travelling to the Rock Ness music festival. Inverness Sheriff Court heard he was returning to the concert after buying tobacco for a friend from a cash and carry in Glasgow, 177 miles away.

The court was told that McAllister had been attending the festival on 8 June when a friend ran out of tobacco. He jumped into his high-powered Mercedes and drove to a cash and carry in Glasgow. It was during his return trip that officers spotted him on the dual carriageway at Daviot, south of Inverness.

The sheriff fined him £800 and disqualified him for two years, ordering him to re-sit the extended driving test after the ban.

Inspector John Smith, head of Northern Constabulary's road traffic section, said the sentence reflected the "extremely reckless nature" of his driving.

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