Judge bans woman from driving for six months after parking in disabled spot
A JUDGE has been praised by a disability organisation after imposing a six-month driving ban on a woman who illegally parked in a disabled spot.
At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan hit out at the 'boorish behaviour' by able bodied drivers who illegally park in disabled parking spots.
He made his comment before banning Valerie Scullion of Bridge View, Roslevan, Ennis, from driving for six months.
Judge Durcan imposed the ban after hearing evidence from traffic warden supervisor, James Counihan that he found Ms Scullion's car parked in a disabled driving spot at Francis Street on December 30 last.
The judge said that "this is a serious matter" before imposing the six-month driving ban and the €500 fine. Judge Durcan also awarded costs of €100 against Ms Scullion who failed to attend yesterday's hearing.
The court heard Ms Scullion had previous convictions for illegally parking around Ennis, but none for illegally parking in a disabled driver's spot.
Enable Ireland welcomed what they described as the judge's "tough stance".
Communications officer Aghna Hennigan said: "If a parking space is unavailable, it can make an entire town inaccessible to a person with a disability."
Corporate affairs manager of the AA Conor Faughnan said: "Justice must be proportionate and I believe that most drivers would be baffled with the ban handed down as the penalty in this case is the same that would be handed down for a person convicted of drink driving."