Bangor motorist caused collision three months after passing driving test

Bangor motorist caused collision three months after passing driving test

A 19-year-old Bangor man who caused a collision three months after passing his driving test has been given four penalty points and fined £200.

Adam Girgin, of Ballyhalbert Gardens, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Belfast Road in Bangor on September 8 last year.

Newtownards Magistates Court (main picture) heard he passed his test in June, 2021.

A defence lawyer said the defendant "didn't anticipate he had enough time" to make a "manoeuvre into a friend's driveway".

The lawyer said after the accident the defendant immediately signed up to an 'advanced driving' scheme.

District Judge Mark Hamill gave credit to the defendant for telling police at the scene: 'I'm really sorry for causing this incident. I apologise to ... for this after the damage caused to his car. I take full responsibility for this incident for which I really regret'."

The judge said: "Because of his early plea he has maximised his credits and is a shining example to a lot more experienced motorists. When you come to court and have committed careless driving that is so obvious you plead guilty early."