Aberdeen man given unpaid work after near-miss with mum and son on zebra crossing

Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

A man has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after almost hitting a mum and three-year-old child with his car on a zebra crossing.

Michael Shaw, 23, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday where he was given 180 hours of unpaid work to be completed within nine months.

Shaw, whose address was given in court papers as Edgehill Terrace, Aberdeen, was previously found guilty of driving a motor car dangerously at excessive speed for the road, while using a mobile telephone and failing to maintain proper observation.

He also failed to give right of way to a mum and her son, then aged three, on a zebra crossing and causing them to take evasive action to avoid being struck by the vehicle. The offence took place on Great Western Road in Aberdeen on February 13.

Shaw’s solicitor told the court: “He accepts that what he’s been convicted of is a very serious matter.”

Sheriff Graham Buchanan said: “It’s plain from the evidence I have heard people who were on the crossing at the time had a narrow escape.”

Sheriff Buchanan ordered Shaw, who was also disqualified from driving, to carry out unpaid work as a direct alternative to a prison sentence.