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Motorists have ‘lucky day' as speed van reps appear double-booked

May 18th, 2017 10:46 AM

By Southern Star Team

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By BRIAN MOORE

JUDGE James McNulty dismissed nine cases of alleged speeding at Murragh as the prosecution could not present evidence, at a recent district court sitting in Bandon.

Inspector Patrick Meany told the court that no evidence could be presented as there was no representative from the ‘Go Safe’ speed detection unit available to attend the court sitting.

When Judge McNulty enquired as to why no member of the Go Safe unit was available, Insp Meany said that they were booked to be elsewhere and as such no evidence could be presented. 

Judge McNulty has long been critical of the speed signage at Murragh on the R586 between Bandon and Enniskeane. 

The speed limit reduces to 60 km/h approaching Murragh and reverts to 80 km/h thereafter. 

‘I suppose they can’t be in two places at once,’ Judge McNulty said. ‘Am I to presume that the prosecution is looking for these cases to be dismissed?’

Insp Meany told the court as no evidence could be produced, dismissing these cases was necessary.

Judge McNulty dismissed the speeding cases telling the defendants, one of whom had travelled from Tipperary, that it was their lucky day.

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