Saturday 29 April 2017

Brother of FF leader used phone while behind wheel

Micheal Martin with his brother Sean Martin
Micheal Martin with his brother Sean Martin
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

A BROTHER of Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has been pulled over for using his mobile phone behind the wheel.

Sean Martin – who is a public representative on Cork City Council – said he was stopped by gardai after he took a family phone call yesterday evening while driving to a football match.

Cllr Martin described it as a "mistake" but said he would be taking any penalty he receives for mobile phone use while driving.

"If I get penalty points, I get penalty points," said Cllr Martin, adding he had "never made any phone calls to anyone" to have a penalty point offence removed.

He was referring to the inappropriate wiping of penalty points by gardai for thousands of motorists that was criticised in a recent damning report by the Garda Inspectorate.

It comes after 1,191 drivers were detected driving with a mobile phone during a two-day garda criackdown following new legislation brought in on May 1. Drivers now face a mandatory court summons and a fine of up to €1,000 instead of just penalty points under new regulations.

Irish Independent

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