Heav­ily preg­nant woman who drove to hos­pi­tal with no in­sur­ance banned

Wexford People - - NEWS -

A HEAV­ILY preg­nant woman rush­ing to hos­pi­tal feel­ing ill did not con­sti­tute a ‘spe­cial rea­son’ for driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance ac­cord­ing to Judge Gerard Haughton at the Dis­trict Court.

Ca­tri­ona O’Brien of 57 Slí na Sláine, Ross Road, En­nis­cor­thy, was charged with driv­ing with­out a li­cence, in­sur­ance, tax or an NCT at Brownswood on Au­gust 4, 2016.

So­lic­i­tor John Burke O’Leary said that his client was eight months preg­nant at the time, and hav­ing suf­fered two mis­car­riages pre­vi­oul­sly, was ex­tremely con­cerned for her un­born baby’s well­be­ing.

He said that she had ar­ranged a lift to hos­pi­tal, but the per­son had backed out and she was forced to drive her­self in a car that she had just pur­chased that day with the in­ten­tion of get­ting on the road.

When Judge Haughton asked if O’Brien ever had a li­cence, he was told she did not.

‘Surely the thing to do in this case was to call an am­bu­lance if it was an emer­gency?’ Judge Haughton asked. ‘It seemed an ur­gent sit­u­a­tion,’ replied Mr Burke O’Leary.

‘I’m not sat­is­fied that there’s a spe­cial rea­son,’ said the Judge.

‘If it was an emer­gency, an am­bu­lance was the thing to do, not drive when she never even held a li­cence.’

On the charge of driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance, O’Brien re­ceived a fine of €300 and a two year driv­ing ban.

Wex­ford Hos­pi­tal.

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