Father overtook estimated twelve cars at road works


The driver was reported to police after he overtook the cars near roadworks

AN ENNISKILLEN driver who over took around 12 cars in one go has been fined and given enough penalty points to disqualify him from driving for six months.
Martin Crumlish (27) of Coolcullen Meadow appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to carrying a child under 14 without a rear seat belt, and careless driving. The charges related to two separate incidents.
The first was on February 5, at approximately 8.45pm, when police were operating a vehicle checkpoint on the Enniskillen Road in Tamlaght. They noticed a child or approximately three-years-old in the car unrestrained.
Then, in March 16, at around 11am, Crumlish was reported to have overtaken approximately 12 cars at roadworks near the South West Acute Hospital, going on to the other side of the road in the way of oncoming traffic.
Crumlish, who already had ten live points on his licence, was interviewed by police about the matter later that day and made no comment.
With regard the charge of carrying an unrestrained child, defence solicitor Myles McManus explained Crumlish had two children, and he did have two child car seats but on the day in question one of them was in another van. He said the defendant would’ve been given a fixed penalty fine for the offence, if not for the points on his licence. District Judge Ted McGill said it was very dangerous to have an unrestrained child in a car.
Regarding the careless driving, Mr McManus said Crumlish did not accept that it was 12 cars he passed. Judge McGill said it didn’t matter how many cars it was he’d overtaken. Mr McManus said Crumlish hadn’t realised there were roadworks taking place, and thought it was just some sort of hold-up.
Judge McGill endorsed a total of nine penalty points and fined him a £250 for careless driving and £60 for driving with a child unrestrained.

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