Man crashed into milk tanker after sat-nav distracted him


While using sat-nav a motorist drove on at a junction and crashed into a milk tanker, a court was told last Thursday.

Anthony Conn (21) of Sandringham Court, Portadown, admitted driving without due care and attention on December 17 at Scarva Road, Banbridge.

He was fined £200 and given six points.

The court heard that at 6.35pm a milk tanker was travelling along the Scarva Road when the defendant drove out of a side road. There was significant damage to both vehicles. The defendant’s mother suffered significant injuries.

Conn told police he had been using sat-nav and wasn’t aware he was approaching a junction until he was on it.

A defence solicitor said the road conditions were wet and greasy. He explained that since this incident Conn has been the carer for his mother. She is progressing but it will be a long term recovery.

District Judge, Mr Paul Copeland, said there had been severe and significant consequences of what happened.

He added that technology can be a distraction in a car and there was no substitute for careful driving.

But, he said, in light of the family circumstances he would not disqualify.