Crash driver has road ban lifted

A CIRCUIT COURT Judge said that it was 'with considerable hesitation' that he would remove a four-year driving ban imposed on a Rosslare motorist by Wexford District Court.

Mark Whelan, 6 Beechwood Avenue, Mauritiustown, Rosslare had been fined €400 and was banned from driving for four years at Wexford District Court for driving without due care or attention.

Last Wednesday he appealed his driving ban successfully before Judge Thomas Teehan at Wexford District Court.

The court heard that the defendant was travelling to Rosslare from Wexford when he took his eyes off the road to change channels on the radio. He veered onto the wrong side of the road and was involved in a collision with another car. Two people in the other car sustained ' significant injuries' including a fractured sternum.

Wexford Circuit Court was told that Mark Whelan had ten previous convictions including ones for handling stolen property and larceny.

He told the court that he had previously had a drug problem but was now rehabilitated and was still attending the Cornmarket project.

He added that he was fully insured at the time of the accident.

Judge Teehan said that while he was ' hesitant' he allowed the appeal as the accident seemed to have happened because of 'inadvertence rather than anything else'.

He removed the disqualification and gave Whelan 8 months to pay his fine.

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