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03 Dec 2021

Careless driver overtook off duty Longford garda

Careless driver overtook off duty Longford garda

A man has been convicted of careless driving after overtaking a number of cars including that of an off-duty garda outside Newtownforbes earlier this year.

Alan Sherlock, 36 Holywell Crescent South, Swords, Dublin was not in attendance at a recent District Court sitting when Judge Marie Keane fined him €350 following an incident on February 6 2021.

Garda Aiden Lenehan informed the court he had been travelling towards Newtownforbes when he noticed a car travelling behind him which had overtaken a car seconds beforehand.

He said driver of the car then proceeded to “tailgate” him before overtaking both himself and another vehicle in front while entering a 50km/hr speed zone.

Garda Lenehan said he managed to obtain the vehicle's registration details and contacted Carrick-on-Shannon garda station.

A fixed charge penalty notice issued to Mr Sherlock had also not been paid, added the garda.

Judge Keane fined Mr Sherlock €350 for careless driving, giving him four months to pay.

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