Roscommon woman given two year ban

Car was “swinging over and back” across the road, court hears

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A County Roscommon woman has been handed a two year driving ban and fined €500 after being convicted of drink driving and having no insurance.

Caroline Duffy, of 50 Meadowbrook, Tulsk, Castlerea, Roscommon pleaded guilty to the offences after she was stopped by gardaí at Ballyminion, Longford on Christmas Eve last year.

Inspector Bláithín Moran said gardaí came across a grey Seat Ibiza driving in an erratic manner with the car “swinging over and back” across the road.

She said after gardaí stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver, a roadside breath test was carried out which resulted in a fail.

Inspector Moran said Ms Duffy was arrested under the auspices of the Road Traffic Act and brought to Longford Garda Station.

The court was told Ms Duffy’s alcohol level reading was 55mg per 100ml of breath, a result which carries a two year driving ban.

In defence, Frank Gearty said Ms Duffy was “not in the habit” of getting behind the wheel in such circumstances but was acceptive of how serious the charges before the courts were.

He added the mother of three said was now living in Roscommon, having previously lived in Longford.

“It was Christmas time, she had met up with friends and took a chance,” he said.

Mr Gearty said Ms Duffy had settled very well in her new surroundings in Tulsk as he asked for the court too look as leniently as possible on her given the fact she had no partner to support her financially.

“She assured the court it won’t happen again.”

In disqualifying Ms Duffy for two years from driving, Judge Seamus Hughes also handed her a €300 fine for the drink driving charge.

A €200 fine and concurrent two year ban was also issued for the Section 56 charge of no insurance.