Thursday 17 January 2019

Danger driver who nearly hit tanker is given two-year ban

Gerard Keating
Gerard Keating

A courier who veered across two lanes of traffic on a busy motorway in the middle of the afternoon narrowly missed hitting a fuel tanker.

Gerard Keating (39), who has four previous convictions for motoring offences, was yesterday banned from driving for two years by Dublin District Court. He was also fined €250.

Keating, of Bettystown Caravan Park, Bettystown, Co Meath, admitted dangerous driving on the M50 in Finglas on October 21, 2013.

Gda Deirdre McInerney told the court that Keating was seen driving recklessly on the motorway, and narr- owly missed the tanker as he veered across two lanes of traffic to get to the outer lane. Two cars had to drive on to the hard shoulder to avoid hitting him.

Defence solicitor Michael French asked Judge Bryan Smyth to consider reducing the charge to a less serious count of careless driving.

The prosecution had consented, subject to the judge's decision.


However, Judge Smyth refused after hearing the evidence, saying "that is dangerous driving as far as I am concerned."

Mr French accepted that the account of what happened "doesn't make pleasant reading in any way, shape or form".

Keating had 10 previous convictions, including four for motoring offences.

The facts of the case were accepted, Mr French said, adding that "it was a temporary lapse in concentration on his part".

He accepted the driving could have had serious consequences for the accused and other road users.

Keating had worked as a courier and would be "seriously hamstrung" by a driving ban.

He was currently out of work and in receipt of social welfare.

Mr French asked the judge to bear this in mind when fining the accused.

The conviction was endorsed on his driving licence.

Judge Smyth said Keating could pay the fine by instalments if he wished and set recognisances in the event of an appeal.

Keating did not address the court during the hearing.

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