HeadLine: LOCH SPEED RAP SAILOR FOR TRIAL
Daily Record, 11/04/1998, p19
by SHAUN MILNE
The first man to be charged under new speed limit laws on Loch Lomond
is to face trial.
Garry Hoffman stands accused of driving a speedboat at 34mph – over
three times the legal limit.
He will go on trial at Dumbarton Sheriff Court in July after pleading
not guilty yesterday (fri).
Mr Hoffman, of Ashcroft Drive, Croftfoot, Glasgow, is alleged to have
been speeding last August.
He was charged with driving too fast on a narrow stretch of water
between the Ross Arden Shore and Inchtavannach Island.
The Loch Lomond Navigation By-Laws put in place an 11mph limit in the
wake of a series of speeding accidents.
The worst saw mum-of-two Ann McAuley, 30, killed in June 1993 when two
speedboats collided late at night.
Mrs McAuley from Rutherglen, Glasgow, suffered horrific head-injuries
in the crash.
She had accepted a lift from stranger Scott Cuncliffe’s unlit boat
going from Duck Bay Marina to Inchmurrin island.
A Fatal Accident Inquiry heard that the other boat had been travelling
at “high speed”.
But Sheriff Robert Hay pointed the finger of blame at Cuncliffe, 30,
from Edinburgh, for failing to take evasive action.
He said Cuncliffe would have been able to see the lights from the other
boat travelling towards him, but doubted he was displaying any lights
The then Scottish Secretary Ian Lang approved the by-laws after the
findings to clamp down on ski-boats and jet skis.
They can now only open up their throttles fully in specially designated
areas of the Loch.
Two weeks ago apprentice joiner Stephen McCallum, 16 died in a boating
Stephen and pal Steve Smith, 17, from Kirkintilloch, capsized a boat
they had taken without permission.
Only 24-hours beforehand The tragedy happened hours after Scotland
football coach Craig Brown launched a Loch Lomond safety campaign.
It was aimed at preventing deaths, crime and speeding at the famous
Three days ago Strathclyde and Central Scotland police forced teamed up
to form a crack patrol squad for the area.
They will target thefts, drunken behaviour and misuse of boats on the
Loch until October.
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