Tailgating Limerick motorist ‘hostile’ to garda

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

Limerick Courthouse
A 64-YEAR-OLD motorist who crossed a continuous white line in overtaking a car on the Condell Road last year “saw no problem” in so doing as long as he remained within the 50kph speed limit, Limerick District Court has been told.

A 64-YEAR-OLD motorist who crossed a continuous white line in overtaking a car on the Condell Road last year “saw no problem” in so doing as long as he remained within the 50kph speed limit, Limerick District Court has been told.

Noel O’Driscoll, of Ballyalla, Ennis, had been “hostile and aggressive” during his roadside encounter with the garda who had stopped him on September 11 last year, Judge Eugene O’Kelly heard.

Mr O’Driscoll was not in court to account for two traffic offences for which he had been issued with a summons.

Garda Pat Kirwan, Henry Street Garda Station, said Mr O’Driscoll had been second in a line of traffic travelling in the direction of Shannon.

“He was swerving from left to right, was very close to the first car and was driving in an aggressive manner,” Garda Kirwan said. He had observed Mr O’Driscoll overtake the first car - which was travelling at around 45kph in a 50kph zone - by crossing the continuous white line.

Garda Kirwan activated the blue lights and pulled in the driver.

“He said that he was entitled to drive within the speed limit. The fact that he drove over the white line was of no consequence to him as long as he remained within 50kph,” Garda Kirwan said, adding Mr O’Driscoll had “through the whole encounter been hostile and aggressive towards me”.

A fixed penalty notice issues had not been paid. Garda Kirwan said he knew Mr O’Driscoll had received the notice as he had “written in to the superintendent looking to have it quashed”.

Judge O’Kelly imposed a fine of €150, with four weeks to pay, for crossing the continuous white line.

Mr O’Driscoll was fined a further €100 for driving without reasonable care or consideration, again with four months to pay.