Four young drivers, arrested as part of a garda clampdown on boy racers, have been ordered to pay €3,500 to the court poor box to avoid convictions for dangerous driving.
Judge James O’Connor has also ordered them to install speed limitation devices in their cars for two years.
The five were arrested following an ongoing, covert garda investigation into boy racer activity, Killarney District Court heard.
Garda Joe O’Sullivan told the court he witnessed about 20 cars doing donuts in the middle of the road on the N22 at Cloghane, Killarney on April 2nd this year.
He said one of the defendants was observed doing 30 donut manoeuvres on the road.
25-year-old Sean Sullivan of Gortadarrig, Headford said in reply to the charge: “I’m sorry for disobeying the law. I’ve learnt my lesson. It will never happen again.”
21-year-old Adrian O’Connor of Carrigeen Cullia, Headford and 19-year-old Gavin O’Connor of Colleanaig, Beaufort pleaded guilty to the offence on April 2nd.
Gary Healy, also 19, of Foiladown, Clonkeen, Killarney is also accused of dangerous driving at the the Park Road Killarney on April 9th.
18-year-old Kelvin McGillycuddy of Ballycleave, Glenbeigh was remanded on bail to appear before Killorglin District Court on Thursday.
Their solicitors said all five pleaded guilty, at the first available opportunity, and were accompanied to the court by their parents.
All were describing as hard working, with a passion for cars but extremely contrite for their actions.
None had any previous convictions.
Judge O’Connor said the court did not wish to victimise any young person but society also had to be protected.
He said if they were willing to make a serious contribution to the court poor box he might be willing to reduce the charge.
He remanded all four on bail to November 1st and ordered speed limitation devices be fitted before May 1st.
Judge O’Connor also warned that if any driver was detected during the Rally of the Lakes, the €3,500 figure would be much higher.