Fined for careless driving offence


A newly qualified driver who revved his engine and squealed his tyres on a street in Portadown was fined £150 last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for driving without due care and attention.

Andrew Graham, Damoily Road, Markethill, was also given five penalty points and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

The court heard that on June 22 last year at approximately 1am in Thomas Street, Portadown, police heard an engine being revved highly and squealing tyres on the road.

It travelled towards police who signalled it to stop but it only did so about 15 metres past the police. Graham said he did not see them.

A solicitor for the defendant said he had just passed his test a month before this incident. He had lost control causing the car to go too fast. The police were not wearing high viz gear and he did not see them.

He added that Graham drove to work and his licence was essential to him.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said it was very bad driving for a recently qualified driver.