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Businessman fined for exceeding 30 miles per hour
R.S. Mitchell leaping over Ballig bridge during the Tourist Trophy Race earlier this year - an event at which speed is the order of the day. Unfortunately for Mr Martin Fitzgerald, he was not taking part in such an event. Photo: Irish Life, 19 June 1914. Full collection of Irish Life available from the National Library of Ireland.

Businessman fined for exceeding 30 miles per hour

Dublin, 13 November 1914 - At Kingstown Police Court yesterday, a Dublin businessman was fined 40 shillings for driving more than 30 miles per hour.

Martin Fitzgerald from Dundrum denied the charge as ‘an absurd one’ and claimed that he had at no point exceeded 20 miles per hour. Nevertheless, he was convicted of driving ‘at a speed dangerous to the public’.


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