A DUTCH motorist caused a head-on collision when he was on the wrong side of the road in the Borders.

Roderick Ketelaar, 37, from Amsterdam was visiting a relative at Castle Craig in Peeblesshire when he was involved in the accident on the A72 road on April 14.

The IT systems engineer pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge by being on the wrong side of the road which resulted in the crash injuring another driver and his passenger with both vehicles damaged.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said:"He overshot the junction looking for Castle Craig and he has done a u-turn and ended up on the wrong side of the road.

"A vehicle was coming in the opposite direction and there was a head-on collision.  The driver of the other car suffered a broken wrist and bruising to the chest."

Ketelaar's lawyer said her client had taken time to study the British road safety laws including fixing tape to the headlights to get the correct beam and what side of the road to drive on.

She said:"He was looking for the Castle Craig entrance. But he has missed the junction and turned back. He had slowed down to 35mph by the point of impact.

"He tried to take evasive action and swerved onto the grass verge but unfortunately so did the other car hence the collision."

Ketelaar was fined £400 and will have five penalty points imposed if he ever holds a UK driving licence.