WITH some West Cork roads being recenlty blitzed – yet again – by unsightly road markings known as ‘doughnuts’, newly-appointed crime prevention officer Sgt James O’Donovan said that drivers caught doing doughnuts could be charged with careless, or the more serious, dangerous driving.
‘Over the last couple of months we’ve seen an increase in those doing doughnuts on the roads around West Cork. Obviously, there’s a percentage of road users doing these doughnuts on roads late at night. If people hear these cars they should contact the gardaí,’ said James.
‘They usually travel in convoy of maybe 10 to 20 cars and so they will be recognisable at night and we have a number of cases before the courts on dangerous and careless driving in relation to people doing doughnuts on the roads. As well as being extremely dangerous, it looks terrible, too, because of the rubber marks left on the roads.’
He added that the road policing units from Macroom and Bandon will be targeting these on an ongoing basis.
Just this month at Clonakilty District Court, Judge James McNulty said that the doughnuts issue is becoming a problem in West Cork. He made the comment when dealing with a case that involved three drivers doing doughnuts in Drinagh village last March.