Payday loan debts meant Magherafelt driver caught texting behind the wheel was also uninsured

Woman caught texting while driving by police
Woman caught texting while driving by police

A young Magherafelt woman has been given seven points and must pay fines totalling £315 after police saw her driving whilst texting, and then found she was uninsured.

Orla Trainor appeared before Magherafelt Magistrates Court on April 15 on charges of using her phone behind the wheel and having no car insurance.

She was looking at her phone and not at the road - Police

Outlining the facts of the case, the prosecution told the court how, on January 5 of this year, the 24-year-old had been driving on Rainey Street in Magherafelt when she was caught “looking at her phone and not the road”.

After being pulled over and cautioned she told police she was on her way to a doctors appointment.

In her defence, counsel said she needed her licence for work at Antrim Hospital, and that she had no insurance at the time as she was suffering finanical difficulties relating to payday loans.