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Driver Banned after Wrong Way Crash

'Wrong Way' SignA woman has been fined and banned from driving after she admitted to travelling down the wrong way on the slip road of a busy dual carriageway. The incident was captured on camera by equipment fitted to a lorry, which was one of two that she crashed into. The footage showing 21-year-old Shazida Begum improperly driving was posted on YouTube and has received over 2.4 million views.

The crash in question happened on the A90 Aberdeen to Stonehaven carriageway in March. In the video footage, she is seen in a silver Vauxhall Corsa whipping out of the way of an oncoming lorry that was going up the slip road. At this point, the lorry jackknifed and then flipped over onto the side of the road beside the Charleston flyover. Then Begum is seen crashing head-on into the front of another lorry in the northbound lane of the A90.

Begum had only been driving for two weeks when the accident happened, and she admitted at Aberdeen Sheriff Court to having caused the crash because she was dangerously driving. Chris Maitland, her defence agent, told the court that she missed the signs indicating that the road changed from a dual carriageway to a single carriageway, which meant she went the wrong way on the slip road. ‘No entry’ signs have been put up at the scene since the accident.

Maitland went on to say that Begum first became aware of her mistake when the two lorries were in her path, which caused a panicked reaction. She is remorseful of her actions and wishes to make a public apology to those involved. He added that the incident was unintentional.

After the crash, one of the lorry drivers was hospitalised overnight, but they weren’t seriously injured. Begum also escaped the incident without injury, the court was told. Sheriff Scott Pattison said that this was an unintentional course of action but is still serious and was very dangerous for those involved. She was sentenced to pay a £700 fine and was banned from driving for two years. Before she is allowed to get back on the road, she will have to resit the competency test.

Although a little different of a situation, earlier this month a biker narrowly escaped jail after posting video footage on YouTube of himself driving at up to 150mph. Robert Owens made the recording with a helmet-mounted camera, showing his Kawasaki 600cc motorbike travelling up to 150mph on roads around Bletchley and Milton Keynes in April. Police received an anonymous tip about the video, and Owens was arrested. He has been disqualified from driving for five years, ordered to complete 150 hours of community service, given 10 points on his licence, and his £150 camera and £3,000 bike were confiscated.

 

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