Vincent Browne fined for being on phone in car
Broadcaster Vincent Browne has been fined for driving while holding a mobile phone.
The TV3 presenter appeared in Dun Laoghaire District Court on Thursday after being caught holding his phone while driving in Killiney, Co Dublin, last December 6.
He was fined €100 for the road traffic offence by Judge Hugh O'Donnell.
Under the Road Traffic Act 2006 it states that; "A person shall not while driving a mechanically propelled vehicle in a public place hold a mobile phone."
And it was under this charge that Mr Browne was summonsed to Dun Laoghaire District Court.
He pleaded guilty.
Judge O'Donnell instructed the Tonight with Vincent Browne presenter to get himself a hands-free kit for his car.
Mr Browne simply replied: "I already have."
Yesterday a spokeswoman for TV3 told the Herald that the journalist was "not available for comment".
As part of the offence "hold" can mean being in contact with a phone either by having it in your hand or by cradling it or supporting it against another part of your body.
And it does not matter if the driver of the vehicle is not actually on a phone call as they can be found guilty of the offence for sending or receiving a written or oral message, or a document or an image and for accessing the internet.
A heftier fine of €1,000 was introduced on May 1.
Drivers caught on their phone after that date also face a mandatory court appearance.
If they commit the offence a second time the fine rises to €2,000.