Three men who raced trucks jailed for 'misguided endeavour'
THREE lorry drivers who raced articulated trucks on a main road to raise money for charity spent their first of two nights behind bars last night.
Judge James O'Connor made good his promise to jail the three men who had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Tralee Circuit Court last week.
The matter came to garda attention after a member of the public viewed the clip that had been uploaded onto internet site YouTube and reported it to the national traffic bureau.
Lorcan Regan (20), of Mein, Knocknagoshel, Co Kerry, and his co-workers, Polish nationals Slawomir Kupiec (36), of Clonough Drive, Limerick Road, Castleisland, and Krzysztof Sokolowski (33), of Main Street, Castleisland, admitted the offence at Dooneen, Castleisland, on October 14 last.
On the video clip the trucks could be seen travelling three abreast on the road, which is the main route from Tralee to Limerick.
The trio, who are all employees of McAuliffe Trucking Ltd in Castleisland, Co Kerry, are to appear again at Tralee District Court tomorrow so the matter can be finalised.
Their solicitor, Padraig O'Connell, told Killarney District Court the men had put together €9,000 by way of a voluntary contribution to the court poor box. He said they fully accepted responsibility for the offence and were willing to make a "substantial contribution".
They had organised the race as a charitable fundraiser but admitted it could have been better organised.
Judge O'Connor said despite the charitable intentions of the three men, the truck race was a "misguided endeavour. A number of teenagers mad for fast cars were looking at this on YouTube and that's where the real danger lies," he said.