Bus driver crashes into car after breaking red light, court hears
A bus driver who drove through a red light and crashed into an oncoming vehicle was convinced she had a green light at the time, a court heard.
Deborah Lawlor (44) drove her bus into a Peugeot car, shunting it across the road into a traffic island and leaving it a write-off.
A court heard none of the bus passengers nor the driver of the car were injured in the crash, which caused traffic tailbacks on the N11 southbound.
Judge Hugh O'Donnell fined Lawlor €300 but did not ban her from driving.
The judge also said Lawlor had been punished by the court and should not be further punished by her employer.
The defendant, of Allenton Drive in Tallaght, was found guilty before Dun Laoghaire District Court of careless driving on March 14,2013.
Adele Murphy, said she had been driving her Peugeot up Kill Lane, Foxrock shortly before 7.30am.
Ms Murphy said she was turning right onto the N11. The traffic light was red but it turned to green as she approached the junction.
Ms Murphy said she was turning right when a Bus Eireann bus came and "shunted" her into the middle of the road.
She said she hit a traffic island and there was extensive damage caused to her car, with the whole front ripped off.
Two other eye-witnesses also claimed that the bus drove through a red light and caused the accident.
In her evidence, Lawlor claimed she was driving in the bus lane along the N11.
She claimed the lights, for both the filter lane and straight ahead, turned green as she approached the junction.
Judge O'Donnell said he had no doubt Lawlor drove through a red light.
The court heard that Lawlor, a mother of three children, has worked for Bus Eireann for five years. She has a number of safe driving awards.
She has never been in trouble, and a driving ban would effect her career, said her lawyer.