A Mountrath woman who struck a pedestrian with her car during a morning school run was convicted and fined at last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court.
Jane Tiffin, with an address at Derrymore, Mountrath, was charged with driving without reasonable consideration, at New Line Road, Mountrath, on September 11 last year.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that there was a traffic accident at 9.30am outside the school in Mountrath.
Tiffin was dropping her child to school when she struck another mother on the leg with her car. The other woman suffered only minor injuries, with the defendant only driving at three to four miles per hour, Insp Farrelly said.
Defence, solicitor Mr Declan Breen said the accident had occurred during the prime time for children to be dropped to school. He said his client had noticed the traffic on her left, but had only “glanced to the right”.
“She should have been more conscious of the right,” admitted Mr Breen.
Defence went on to explain that the injured party had walked from the footpath on the right-hand side.
Defence concluded by saying that Tiffin was insured, and had accepted full responsibility for the incident.
Judge Catherine Staines convicted Tiffin, and fined her €100.