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Annan and Eskdale
Van crash driver fined

A DRIVER who fell asleep at the wheel of his van and crashed into the rear of a lorry on the M74 has escaped a driving ban — but was fined £1350.

In court at Dumfries, Stuart Barron, from Stoke-on-Trent, admitted driving carelessly on the motorway near Eaglesfield in July 2014 and failing to take adequate rest periods and colliding with the lorry causing extensive damage to both vehicles.
It was stated that Barron, who had three points on his licence, lost his job as a result and now had work as a security officer but would lose that too if he didn’t have a licence to travel around.
Last Thursday, Sheriff Kenneth Robb said he would impose eight points which would make a total of 11 just short of a totting up ban, but would impose the heavier financial penalty of £1350.