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Dutch visitor who 'didn't realise his speed' fined after being clocked at over 100mph on A832 at Achanalt on notorious stretch of North Coast 500


By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Sara Matheson handed down a fine and driving licence endorsement.
Sheriff Sara Matheson handed down a fine and driving licence endorsement.

A 'flying' Dutchman drove at over 100mph as he toured the world famous NC500 on his 23rd visit to Scotland.

But 56-year-old building contractor Steven van der Stroom from Vijfhuizen in the Netherlands didn't respect the 60mph speed limit on the A832 at Achanalt on May 9 this year.

Police were carrying out speed checks on the notorious straight stretch of road and clocked his performance Mercedes SLS at over one and a half times the limit.

He appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court and admitted careless driving.

Defence solicitor John MacColl said: "It was his 23rd holiday in Scotland in the last 14 years and he normally drives classic cars.

"There was nothing else on the road and he didn't realise his speed."

Fiscal depute David Barclay told Sheriff Sara Matheson that his office "fast-tracked" the court appearance because van der Stroom was due to return home imminently.

He was fined £640, which he paid immediately, and had his licence endorsed with six penalty points.


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