A YOUNG Tarbert man has been banned from driving for four years and fined a total of €1,850 after being involved in a collision with two other cars while driving with no insurance, no tax, no NCT and three defective tyres.
James Harrison of Carhoona, Tarbert, was disqualified for two years for dangerous driving and two years for driving with no insurance following a road traffic accident Doonard Upper, Tarbert on August 25 last.
Listowel District Court was told that at 8.15pm on the night in question, gardaí were called to the accident where they discovered Mr Harrison's Honda Civic on its roof, another car in the ditch and a third car crashed into a wall. On speaking to Mr Harrison, he admitted that the Honda was his and that he had no insurance, NCT or tax on the vehicle. Superintendent Michael Fitzpatrick told the court that there were three defective tyres on the vehicle and there was no silencer fitted. He said the defendant drove into the rear of one car and then collided with the front of the other.
Solicitor Pat Enright said that his client had bought the car just a number of days beforehand with a view to doing it up. He said his friends called and needed to go to the shop and his client ' took the poor decision' to drive the car. He said that while Mr Harrison's driving 'wasn't great' on the day, the defects of the car also contributed to the accident.
Mr Enright told Judge John O'Neill that he had nothing to offer by way of special reason why his client should not be put off the road, but said that he co-operated fully with the gardaí at the scene and subsequently with the Motor Insurance Bureau. He said his client has also been put on notice that there are personal injuries arising from the accident.
"He is throwing himself at the mercy of the court," Mr Enright told the judge. "He had planned to emigrate but stayed here to deal with the case and I ask you to deal with this as leniently as you can, taking into account his plea and his co-operation at the scene."
Judge O'Neill said he was giving Mr Harrison credit for his plea and the fact that he hadn't tried to cover up his misdemeanours, which he said saved a lot of court time and expense.
Mr Harrison was convicted of driving with no insurance, dangerous driving, driving without a silencer, without a valid NCT and without tax and with driving with three bald tryes.
He was fined a total of €1,850.