A taxi driver, on a school contract with a pupil in his car, lost control of his vehicle as he looked at his satellite navigation device and smashed into a set of traffic lights demolishing them.
Jon Aitken was seen swerving about the road for some time before the collision. Fortunately, no-one was seriously injured but the damage to the traffic lights cost £10,000 to repair. The incident led to Aitken, 23, from Glenrothes, appearing in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.
According to Fife Today, he admitted that on 15th May he drove a taxi without due care and attention, failed to keep control of the vehicle, repeatedly veered towards the centre line of the carriageway, collided with a set of traffic lights causing them to collapse, causing damage to the taxi and the lights. The depute fiscal said: “A Fife Council employee driving behind the taxi saw it veering towards the centre line of the road. This happened on several occasions.
“This witness shouted to his passengers three times that the taxi was going to crash before it did collide with the traffic lights.”
Defence solicitor Edward Cadden said the accident was caused by a “lack of concentration”.
Sheriff Pino Di Emidio said, “This was a lapse of concentration that went on for some time causing alarm to another driver.” He fined Aitken £380 and endorsed his licence with six penalty points.