Trainee doctor warned at Portlaoise Court of dangers of careless driving

Speeding

A Polish national training to be a doctor who was detected speeding on the motorway has been warned by the district court judge that when he qualifies he will see firsthand in the emergency room the effects of careless road traffic behaviour.

Piotr Fryc (23), 12 The Courtyard, Kilcock, Kildare, was charged with careless driving, at the M7 Ballydavis, on July 5 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that the accused was travelling at 159km/h and when the gardaí signalled him to stop, he veered across two lanes of traffic.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen said his client, originally from Poland, admitted his driving had been unacceptable.

Mr Breen said the accused, who had been driving for five years before the incident, is doing a degree in medicine.

On the day he entered the motorway too fast, and when he saw the lights of the garda car he felt it would be safer to stop in the slipway.

Mr Breen said his client was about to qualify as a doctor and his placement could be anywhere in the country.

Judge Catherine Staines told the accused: “When you’re a doctor in the emergency room you’re going to see the results of road traffic accidents.”

The accused was fined €300.