Three was most definitely not the magic number for one motorist stopped by Gardai last Saturday as he travelled along a stretch of the M8 motorway near Mitcheltown.
In fact, it was more of a case of trouble arriving 'on the treble' for the BMW diver who was clocked by members of the Fermoy Roads Policing Unit driving at a staggering 180/kph.
Following a brief chase the car was pulled over for speeding and the driver given a roadside test for alcohol or drugs - which returned positive for cocaine.
As if that were not trouble enough, it further transpired that the tax disc displayed on the windscreen of the car had expired last July.
A post on the Garda Cork, Kerry & Limerick, Southern Region Facebook page, bearing the legends '#ArriveAlive - #SlowDown' showed pictures of the speeding readout, the expired disc and the drug reading.
"They say trouble comes in 3's.... 1: Fermoy RPU detected this BMW travelling at a ridiculous 180KPH on the M8 near Mitchelstown earlier today. 2: They soon discovered the tax had expired 6 months ago. 3: Driver tested positive for cocaine," read the post.
"Driver arrested for drug driving, car seized for no tax and add a little dangerous driving and this driver is going to have an interesting day out in court!"