Ballygowan woman is convicted of dangerous driving

Ballygowan woman is convicted of dangerous driving

A BALLYGOWAN woman who claimed she lost control of a vehicle whilst looking at instrumentation on the dashboard has been convicted of dangerous driving and been banned from the roads for a year along with a £200 fine.

Sarah Smith (30), of Dickson Park, had been driving at Moneyreagh Road on August 25 this year.

Newtownards Magistrates Court heard the defendant had admitted careless driving.

Convicting the defendant of the more serious charge of dangerous driving after a contested hearing, District Judge Mark Hamill said it was "as clear a case of dangerous driving as you would hope to see".

A defence lawyer accepted the driving was "poor".

He said it had been a "momentary lapse of judgment".

Judge Hamill said: "It is not a momentary lapse, it is a series of manoeuvres causing great concern to other motorists".

He said a witness said Smith had been travelling at a "great speed".

  • Main picture: Stock image of a dashboard.