Irish man cops fine for careless driving around off-duty police

Careful who you honk and swear at around Cork

by John Stevenson   June 17, 2014  

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Don’t honk, shout and swear at cyclists, and drive carelessly around them: they might be off-duty policemen. That’s the message an Irish driver will be taking home — along with a €300 fine — after he was found guilty of careless driving by Cork District Court yesterday.

According to  Liam Heylin of the Irish Examiner, the court heard that sergeant Ger O’Callaghan and garda Michael Collins were out for a ride when James O’Shea drove up behind them. Sgt O’Callaghan told the court that O’Shea had sounded his horn at the two cyclists, shouted that "fucking cyclists were taking over the road", threatened to run them over next time and gave them the finger as he drove away.

“I had my right hand extended to turn right,” Sgt O’Callaghan said. “Just before the junction I heard the car. He shouted out the window to us: ‘Ye fucking cyclists all over the road.’ I heard Garda Collins saying: ‘Can you not see we are turning right?’ ”

O’Shea denied Sgt O’Callaghan’s account. He told the court: “I disagree with everything he said. The only thing the guard said that is true is the location.”

The incident happened after 6pm on July 3, 2013 at Doughcloyne Hill, which extends out from Togher Rd in Cork City

The 33-year-old claimed he knew the road well and that he drove behind the two cyclists, who were chattig and riding two abreast, for a while before sounding his horn to let them know her was there. He said one of them leaned aggressively toward his window and he was afraid the rider was going to punch him.

“The last thing I would do is hit anyone with my car, I was driving at five miles per hour. I couldn’t have been any more careful,” he said.

Sgt O’Callaghan said the car touched his leg slightly as it over took them. Garda Collins corroborated his account.

Judge Olann Kelleher found O’Shea guilty of careless driving. He was fined €300.

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If we could have a few more on bikes whilst on duty as well, that would be great.

That said, a few weeks ago I did enjoy the rather bizarre sight of a car slowly advancing as if to drive over a very visible and uniformed Police office. That was at the busy junction of Tooting Broadway and unfortunately I had to ride on after hearing the opening remarks of an officer who for some reason didn't appreciate someone trying to push him out of the way with their car!

posted by bikebot [499 posts]
17th June 2014 - 17:43

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Another case where thee & me wouldn't have believed - only when it's a copper

posted by mad_scot_rider [546 posts]
17th June 2014 - 18:43

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I often ride with an off duty copper. I'm awaiting the day he comes into play. It'll be Iike that moment in films when someone barrels over effin' and blindin' and you tweak your jacket open to reveal a holstered revolver.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1058 posts]
17th June 2014 - 18:57

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MercuryOne wrote:
I often ride with an off duty copper. I'm awaiting the day he comes into play. It'll be Iike that moment in films when someone barrels over effin' and blindin' and you tweak your jacket open to reveal a holstered revolver.

Does he have to give everyone a lecture about hi-viz before every ride Big Grin

posted by bikebot [499 posts]
17th June 2014 - 20:45

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Warrant cards work just as well as loaded guns.

But best is to let the errant person run-out their rope, and get the uniformed guys on duty to get them with a well monitored trail of misbehaviour, rather than just a short incident.

47 years of breaking bikes and still they offer me a 10 year frame warranty!

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posted by A V Lowe [481 posts]
17th June 2014 - 21:48

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Shouldn't this be posted on http://www.pistonheads.com/, or is preaching to the converted the new black?

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posted by don simon [144 posts]
17th June 2014 - 23:00

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The immortal Michael Collins, not only was he leading the Irish Revolution and flying to the Moon, now working as a Police officer, what a guy.


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posted by bikeboy76 [1253 posts]
17th June 2014 - 23:42

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I'm related to the one who got the boring job in HR.

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posted by Joselito [133 posts]
18th June 2014 - 10:10

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MercuryOne wrote:
I often ride with an off duty copper. I'm awaiting the day he comes into play. It'll be Iike that moment in films when someone barrels over effin' and blindin' and you tweak your jacket open to reveal a holstered revolver.

I've found that a meaty D-lock works as a suitable deterrent as well.

Those hiplok things could also do wonders...!

posted by jacknorell [345 posts]
18th June 2014 - 16:49

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bikebot wrote:
If we could have a few more on bikes whilst on duty as well, that would be great.

But with the best will in the world, even if it was perfectly obvious they were on-duty officers, how long would they be likely to last? Angry

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18th June 2014 - 17:05

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