Wednesday 17 January 2018

Gardai catch learner driver taking pictures of Storm Ophelia out car window

“He’s going to face a bit of justice"

The image released by GardaTraffic
The image released by GardaTraffic

Mary McDonnell

IF you’re going to film footage of Storm Ophelia wreaking havoc across the country, don't film while driving - that's the warning from Gardai after they caught a new driver taking the risk in Dublin.

A learner driver was caught red-handed when he took his phone out to film members of the force clearing a fallen tree in Stephen’s Green east earlier this afternoon.

Eagle-eyed gardai spotted him and issued the new driver with a notice.

A Garda spokesman said: “He’s going to face a bit of justice. These are the dangers of driving. A road traffic offence will be considered which may result in a trip to court.”

AA Roadwatch has advised motorists to "drive with extreme care".

Spokesman Conor Faughnan said: “Wind-blown debris is likely to be a problem on secondary roads in particular. Keep in mind that high-sided vehicles are especially vulnerable on open roads.”

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