Teacher, 31, given driving ban

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A supply teacher from Whitby has been banned from driving after colliding with two vehicles while trying to overtake a bus on a dangerous stretch of road.

Fazila Valli, 31, attempted the manoeuvre on the A171 Whitby Road but quickly realised she had made a grave error as she overtook the bus, York Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Bashir Ahmed said Valli’s Vauxhall Corsa overtook the bus on a stretch of road where hazard signs warned of an upcoming junction and blind bend.

“She tried her best to overtake, but an oncoming vehicle had to take evasive action by pulling into the grass verge,” said Mr Ahmed.

“She seemed to pull back in, but clipped the front of the bus with the rear of her vehicle.

“This caused her vehicle to spin out of control and across the road, into the path of another vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.”

There was slight contact with the oncoming car and Valli’s Corsa ended up in a hedge.

Mr Ahmed said it was “quite clear that (Valli’s) driving dangerously was not in any way deliberate or malicious, more a momentary error of judgement”.

Valli, of Foss Hill, Ugglebarnby, was arrested and charged with driving dangerously on June 10, 2014. She immediately owned up to the offence and appeared for sentence on Thursday.

Defence barrister Taryn Turner said Valli, originally from London, had just passed her test before the incident on the Middlesbrough-to-Whitby road. “She made an error of judgement and things got out of control. She panicked,” added Mrs Turner.

Mrs Turner said it was going to be “incredibly difficult” for Valli to continue working as a supply teacher because she lived in a remote location and relied on her car to get around. “It’s been an extremely frightening experience for her,” added Mrs Turner. “She’s very remorseful. She’s a decent woman in every other respect.” Valli, was ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work and given a formal one-year driving ban.