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Thursday 15 November 2018

Four-year driving ban for dad who was weaving all over road

Declan Lawlor was fined and disqualified from driving
Declan Lawlor was fined and disqualified from driving

A young dad who was stopped by gardai as he was weaving all over a road was suffering financial and personal difficulties at the time.

Declan Lawlor (25) was driving whilst drunk and without insurance.

He couldn't afford to pay for insurance at the time and he foolishly got behind the wheel.

Judge David McHugh fined Lawlor €500 and disqualified him from driving for four years.

The defendant, of Bealing Avenue in Tyrrelstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to drink driving and driving without insurance at Melville Road in Finglas on August 12, 2017.

Garda Stefan Kilroy said that he stopped Lawlor driving a 1999-registered car shortly before midnight because his rear foglights were on and he was weaving across the road.

Breathalysed

Gda Kilroy said he later breathalysed Lawlor, who produced a reading of 36 microgrammes of alcohol per 100mls of breath.

Gda Kilroy also said the insurance, tax and NCT on the car were out of date.

The court heard that Lawlor had a previous conviction for uninsured driving, but had not been banned.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said Lawlor had a six-year-old child and his partner was pregnant.

Ms Buckley said Lawlor was having "a very difficult time both financially and personally" at the time of this incident.

She said Lawlor couldn't afford the cost of the insurance. He knew he shouldn't have driven and he made a foolish decision to do so.

Ms Buckley said Lawlor had a lot of family responsibilities and his life was now "back on track". He had also recently started a new job.

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