Driv­ers fined and banned for drink driv­ing of­fences

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A driver sum­moned for drunk driv­ing would have es­caped a ban if his li­cence was in date, Sligo District Court was told.

Be­fore the court was Sean Mar­ren of Rusheen, River­stown who was sum­moned for drunk driv­ing at Rusheen on March 6 th last.

The read­ing was 33mgs of al­co­hol per 100mls breath and a fixed charge penalty no­tice was is­sued.

Mr Ger­ard McGovern, so­lic­i­tor (de­fend­ing) said be­cause the read­ing was low it meant the de­fen­dant could pay a fine and there was no ban.

How­ever, the fixed charge penalty of­fice could not ac­cept the pay­ment as the de­fen­dant’s driv­ing li­cence was out of date, said Mr McGovern.

“I he had his li­cence in or­der he would not be banned at all but it was out of date,” said Mr McGovern.

Once the case came to court it meant a three month ban had to be im­posed.

“What can I do?” - Judge Kevin Kil­rane.

“Is the pros­e­cu­tion pro­ceed­ing?” - Judge to In­spec­tor Paul Kilcoyne.

“Yes” - In­spec­tor. Judge Kil­rane fined the de­fen­dant €100 and banned him from driv­ing for three months.

At the same court, James Web­ber, 8 Flow­er­hill, Bun­ni­nad­den was fined €200 and banned from driv­ing for four years for drunk driv­ing at Bun­ni­nad­den on De­cem­ber 13th 2016. A read­ing showed a con­cen­tra­tion of 149mgs of al­co­hol per 100mls of blood. He had one pre­vi­ous drunk driv­ing con­vic­tion.

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