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Bus driver accused of being nine times over alcohol limit told gardaí: ‘I’m stupid’

Bus driver accused of being nine times over alcohol limit told gardaí: ‘I’m stupid’
18 Oct
5:43

Tested: Bus Driver Michael Connelly leaving Naas courthouse yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath
Tested: Bus Driver Michael Connelly leaving Naas courthouse yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath

Conor Feehan

A bus driver arrested while allegedly nine times over the legal limit has appeared in court charged with drink driving and dangerous driving.

Michael Connelly (65), of Fidan, Rossport, Ballina, Co Mayo, appeared before Judge Des Zaidan at Naas District Court.

The court heard that on October 2 a witness rang gardaí and reported seeing a bus that was “swerving all over the road”.

The witness flashed his lights at the bus and it pulled in on the hard shoulder.

When tested, Mr Connelly was found to have 84 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath – nine times more than the legal limit for a bus driver.

Judge Zaidan noted that when charged, Mr Connelly told gardaí: “I’m stupid.”

Mr Connelly was remanded on continuing station bail to appear at Naas court again on November 28 for DPP directions.

He did not address the court directly and left a short time after his hearing concluded.

There were no passengers on board the bus when Mr Connelly was stopped on the M7 near Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Drink driving limits are lower for professional drivers than for standard motorists.

New drink driving legislation came into effect this summer.

Under the new law, a driver who is found to be over the limit will now face an automatic driving ban for three months.

The limit stays the same at blood alcohol level of 50mg for experienced drivers.

However, it is lower for learner drivers and professional drivers, at a blood alcohol level of 20mg.

Road safety experts advocate that nobody planning to drive would consume alcohol.

Irish Independent

Source: https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/bus-driver-accused-of-being-nine-times-over-alcohol-limit-told-garda-im-stupid-37432812.html

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