Brother of FF leader used phone while behind wheel
Published 12/05/2014 | 02:30
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.