Heavy fines for men driving while passengers were hanging out the window

July 15, 2021

TWO men who were arrested for driving in Letterkenny with passengers hanging out of the rear window of their cars have been fined in court.

Keelan Kenny and Francis Robinson appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged over separate incidents on the same weekend in June.

Kenny (18), with an address in Ballinasloe, County Galway, was observed driving at Port Road, Letterkenny on June 19, 2021.

Sgt Jim Collins told the court that Kenny was observed revving the car loudly with two passengers sitting on the window sill whole hanging out the window as Kenny drove.

“It would remind you of the World Cup in 1990,” said Kenny’s solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher.

“There was no speed involved here and the noise of the car brought the attention. He was traveling in a group.”

Sgt Collins said Kenny was part of a ‘large group of boy racers’.

Kenny, who has no previous convictions, was convicted of careless driving by Judge Deirdre Gearty, who imposed a fine of €500, giving six months to pay.

Robinson, a 23-year-old with an address at Pearse Park, Drogheda, was charge with a similar incident at 4am on June 20, 2021.

Gardaí observed a car being driven by Robinson traveling in a convoy at Port Road, Letterkenny.

“Agin there were two rear passengers hanging out of the window and sitting on the sills,” Sgt Collins said, adding that Robinson was loudly revving the car.

When arrested, Sgt Collins said Robins was apologetic.

Mr Gallagher, acting for Robinson, said his client was a final year student at UCD.

“These people were hanging out of the window and he should have known better,” Mr Gallagher said.

Judge Deirdre Gearty convicted Robinson of careless driving. Robinson was fined €500 and given six months to pay.