A Lifford woman who had no insurance when stopped by Gardaí has been disqualified from driving for four years.

Clarice McGavigan (27) of 18 Beechwood Avenue, Lifford was stopped by Gardaí  at Tivockmay, Ballybofey in April. She said she had no insurance because she was only after buying the car. The car was then seized. Ms McGavigan got insurance immediately and the car was released next day. Checks by Gardaí  confirmed Ms McGavigan was telling the truth about when the car was purchased.

The court heard that Ms McGavigan who is a care worker for the elderly and expecting her first child had appeared before the court on a similar charge approximately one year ago.

Judge Paul Kelly said: “It is incumbent on the driver to make sure the car is insured. When you were before the court last year I used discretion and no doubt warned you that if you were before the court again I would have no such discretion. My hands are completely tied on this.”

As well as being disqualified from driving for four years, Ms McGavigan was fined €300.

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