Took a chance when she could not get lift

When she could not get a lift to take an exam at college a 27-year-old woman decided to drive even though she was not covered by insurance.

Monday, 8th January 2018, 3:20 pm
Updated Monday, 8th January 2018, 3:23 pm

Laura McMullan, Limewood, Banbridge, admitted the offence through her solicitor last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

She was fined £300 for driving uninsured with six points and on the tot up system she was banned from driving for six months.

For not displaying ‘L’ plates she was fined £30 and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy and a £100 fine was imposed for driving unaccompanied.

The court heard that on September 27 last year at 6.10pm police were travelling behind a car on the Millennium Way in Lurgan.

Checks on their system showed no insurance in place.

It transpired the defendant, who was driving, was a provisional licence holder.

No ‘L’ plates were displayed and she was unaccompanied.

Mr Gabriel Ingram, representing the defendant, said she had a limited record with six points on her licence for a previous no insurance offence.

He explained that she was doing a course at college and had an exam on the day in question.

Mr Ingram added that usually she got a lift but could not get one that day and foolishly decided to drive.

The car had been seized and it would have cost her too much to get it back.