Head of Cork’s Divisional Traffic Corps, Inspector Finbarr O’Sullivan said blatantly disregarding a summons to come to court was not clever.
“It is a bit like the ostrich sticking its head in the stand, it is not going to go away. You can be convicted by the judge in absence of court but the judge would like you to have a chance to explain.
“If you are convicted of drink or drug driving it is an automatic disqualification from driving. A summons is a command to come to court.” Inspector O’Sullivan said Gardaí can’t disregard a bench warrant and could end up looking for you at work or at your home.
It is a huge inconvenience, avoiding a summons is stupid. You could end up having to spend the night in a cell.” Insp O’Sullivan explained if you are arrested before 5pm you will be brought before the courts, but after 5pm, you may have to spend a night in the Bridewell.
Insp O’Sullivan said facing up to the issue is a much better idea. “The judge wants to hear your side of the story, perhaps you have a perfectly good explanation.”