A Muff man who drove with a “shattered” car windscreen has been warned by a judge that he needs to “watch” himself.
Kevin McGrath, 4 Craig Road, Muff appeared at Carndonagh District Court on Tuesday at which he pleaded guilty to driving without due consideration at Drumhaggart, Muff on on February 8th, 2014.
The District Court was told that on that date, Garda Toher was on checkpoint duty and that he stopped a UK registered Honda Civic, which was driven by McGrath.
Buncrana Garda Inspector David Murphy said the front window of the car was “completely shattered” and Garda Toher could not see out of it properly from inside.
He told McGrath the car was too dangerous to drive and demanded proof of insurance and driving licence. None were produced.
A fixed notice for driving with the shattered windscreen was also issued but not paid.
McGrath told Judge Paul Kelly the windscreen had broken on the Friday night and he intended to get it fixed on the Monday. He said he had taken the car out on the Saturday to go to a party.
McGrath told the court he forgot to pay the fixed penalty notice as his “wee brother” was involved in an accident and was on a life support machine in Dublin.
Judge Kelly said he was “sorry about that.”
He pointed out how Garda Toher said visibility was poor on the night.
The judge told McGrath: “You might have been involved in an accident yourself and ended up in intensive care.”
Judge Kelly added McGrath, who has a previous conviction for careless driving, “seems to be a bit casual” in his attitude to the Road Traffic Act.
“You need to watch yourself,” he said.
Judge Kelly fined McGrath 150 euro.