THE behaviour of impatient motorists on one of the busiest roads in Limerick city is becoming an increasing concern for gardai.
A number of drivers have been prosecuted at Limerick District Court in recent weeks in relation to incidents on the Dock Road beyond the point where the two outbound lanes merge.
The court has been told that drivers are not abiding by the road markings and are overtaking queues of traffic by driving through hatched boxes and turning zones.
In one recent case, a Ballynanty man was disqualified from driving for six years after he pleaded guilty to charges relating to a near-collision with a garda patrol car, which was exiting the Topaz Filling Station.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the defendant, who had taken a Diazepam tablet, was overtaking on the outside of a queue traffic as the garda car entered a yellow box.
In a separate case, a driver from Adare was fined €300 after he admitted driving across a restricted hatched area before turning right into a commercial premises.
The 48-year-old admitted driving “without reasonable consideration” on April 25 last, with his solicitor explaining that he was “busy” and in a hurry on the day.
While acknowledging that the offence was a “minor infraction” Garda Tony Miniter of the divisional traffic corps said there are ongoing incidents of “impatient motorists” ignoring the hatched areas and that such behaviour poses a danger to other motorists who do not expect them to be there.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly has said there would be chaos if everybody decided to adopt a similar attitude and ignored the hatched areas which, he commented, are “very clearly marked”.