Judge imposes heavy fines for speeding drivers on motorway

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

A 'despicable crime': Judge Mary Larkin at Kilmallock Court

Judge Mary Larkin

“HE is very lucky he is not being disqualified,” Judge Mary Larkin said at Newcastle West court last Thursday when Kilmallock man, Billy Jones of Ballinagoul was convicted of careless driving arising from driving at 172kmp in a 120kph zone.

The incident took place at 11.25am last March 3 at Cloghacloka, Patrickswell.

“It is a crazy speed. I don’t know how you could get up that far,” Judge Larkin said and she warned Mr Jones to leave on time when going to an appointment.

Mr Jones was one of a number of drivers who were all clocked at very high speeds at Clocoghacloka on different dates earlier this year.

William McCarthy, Shady Nook, Carribane, Carrigtwohill was fined €750, having been clocked driving at 162kph in a 120kph zone on March 3.

Arturs Stefenbergs, 14 Dun na Rí, Ennis was conivted of careless driving after speeds of 164kph in a 120kph zone on June 19 and fined €750.

Raymond Ryan, Ballinakill West, Newtown, Charleville was also convicted of careless driving, having been clocked at a speed of 154kph in a 120kph zone last February 4 and fined €650. The judge refused an application by his solicitor John Lynch to reduce the charge.

Catherine McCarthy, 4 Riverbank, Buttevant, Co Cork was convicted of careless driving, because of speeding at last March 3 at Cloghacloka and fined €750.

Conor McCormack, 47 O’Connell Street Limerick was fined €650 on a speeding charge of driving at 140kph in a 120kph zone last January 22. He was fined a further €300 for having no acertificate of road worthiness.

Krzystof Kudlacik, 124 Glenside, Annacotty was convicted of careless driving while speeding at 169kph in a 120kph zone at Cloghacloka last April 3. He was fined €750.

A Cork driver – Patrick Beechinor, Carhoogariff, Clonakily – was speeding at 161kph in a 120kph zone and was fined €750 when convicted of careless driving last April 6.

Another Cork driver, George Alastair Durant, of Bannon House, Lee Rd, Carrigbrohane was similarly convicted of careless driving last March 15 when doing 160kph in a 120kph zone.

“It is very high,” Judge Larkin noted to Mr Durant’s solicitor, Michael O’Donnell, when he pleaded for his client. and she imposed a €650 fined.

A Newport man responding to a sudden death in the family was clocked at a speed of 159kph in a 120kph zone at Ballybrouge South, Patrickswell last March 23. John Crofton, 20 Mulcaire Manor, Newport was fined €500 on conviction of careless driving.