A Lewis man who faced losing his driving job got a five-week road ban.
Ross Macleod, of Shawbost, Lewis, was on the brink of being disqualified after being caught speeding at 95mph in a 60mph zone at Arnol on the west coast of Lewis.
He put his foot down not realising police were undertaking speed checks on the long sweeping bend at 8.40pm on 20 November.
Originally, he faced the more serious charge of dangerous driving but fiscal Karen Smith accepted a guilty plea to speeding at Stornoway Sheriff Court yesterday.
But the 23-year-old removals driver – who already has nine points on his licence – faced an automatic six months disqualification under the totting up procedure.
Lawyer, Angus Macdonald pleaded to the sheriff to impose a direct driving ban rather than additional penalty points.
Mr Macdonald said Macleod’s boss “said he would only keep the job open for six weeks but no more.”
The solicitor added: “He will have difficulty in obtaining other work given the situation.
Sheriff Eric Brown stressed he should “consider yourself lucky” that he would ban him for just five weeks “with some hesitation”.
He also fined Macleod £1,000 warning him that people who “depend on a licence for a job or getting about should be more careful.”