Tuesday 12 December 2017

Price of fame - Michael Healy-Rae reported to Gardai for chatting on phone while driving in TV documentary

Michael Healy-Rae
Michael Healy-Rae

Brian O’Reilly

KERRY TD Michael Healy-Rae has been reported to gardai after being filmed chatting on his phone and scribbling notes while driving.

The  outspoken deputy was one of several politicians who were filmed as part of an RTE documentary ‘Looking After Number One’ which was broadcast last week.

He sparked a flurry of complaints to the Road Safety Authority after being filmed chatting on an earphone mic and scribbling down notes while driving.

He even commented during the show: "Oh God, you’re not supposed to write and drive... there’s some law about that."

The RSA has passed on complaints it received about the TD to Gardai.

Healy Rae yesterday apologised for using his phone and notebook while driving.

Speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk, he said: "The person who never made a mistake never made anything. I certainly never set out to purposely do anything wrong.

"All the time we’re trying to drive to ensure there are less accidents on the road. But then, you also have to think about being sensible and prudent about what we are doing.

"A lot of the time, people want to talk to myself about issues and I’m not going to turn off my phone and isolate myself", he said.

He then referenced research from Australia which said having a baby in the backseat made a driver ten times more likely to crash.

"Are the RSA going to come out some day and say, well right, we’re going to ban having babies and young children inside motor cars?"

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