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Drink drivers’ insurance can increase tenfold


DRINK drivers need to understand that once convicted, their insurance can increase tenfold. That was the warning from District Court judge Mary Devins.
The judge made the comments before disqualifying a Westport woman for three years after she was involved in a three car collision while driving four times over the legal limit.
Maggie Keane, of Ballinrobe Rd, Westport, pleaded guilty to drink driving at Westport District Court, sitting in Castlebar. The court heard that on July 17, 2017, gardaí responded to an accident on the Distillery Rd, Westport at 10.50pm.
When Garda Paul Lafferty spoke with Ms Keane, he detected a smell of alcohol from her and she staggered from the car.
The court was told that a subsequent blood sample returned a detection of 221mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, over four times the legal driving limit.
Defending solicitor James Hanley said his client had been at a wedding, that she was upset, and that she apologises for the incident.
Judge Devins told the court that a person getting their licence back after being disqualified for drink driving had informed a previous court that their quoted insurance premium was €5,000.
“This might be useful to know, that insurance will go up ten times. I don’t think people realise this,” said the judge.
Judge Devins convicted Ms Keane, fining her €300 and disqualifying her from driving for three years.

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