Insurance offence detected after police see car being driven without lights illuminated in Ballymena

Insurance offence detected after police see car being driven without lights illuminated in Ballymena

POLICE saw a vehicle being driven without lights on at Larne Road in Ballymena and it was established the driver was uninsured for the vehicle.

Rebecca McPeake (23), of Ballyclug Mews, Ballymena, had the offence detected around 12.10am on January 9 last year.

The defendant told police she thought her insurance covered her to drive the vehicle which was owned by a passenger.

A defence lawyer said the defendant’s friend had alcohol taken and McPeake agreed to drive thinking because was insured for her own vehicle she would be covered to drive the car, however, “small print did not cover her”.

Another insurance matter was detected at Waveney Road in Ballymena on June 14 last year.

The defence lawyer said a family member made the insurance payments but a direct debit payment had been missed and the insurance company had got in touch through a “redundant” email address.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court the defendant, a part-time worker in a local restaurant, was given six penalty points; was banned from driving for seven days and was fined.