Gardaí seize sports car after owner takes it for its first spin

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Garda seize sports car after owner takes it for its first spin

The Audi TT vehicle that was seized

The unfortunate owner of this sports car had it seized no long after buying it. 

The driver of the Audi TT was detected speeding at 87km per hour in a 50km/hr zone in Trim. 

Meath Roads Policing Unit based in Dunshauglin stopped the vehicle earlier this week on the Navan Road and spoke to the driver. 

The driver said he had just bought the car, which has a 3.2 litre engine and has a price tag of over €50,000 when new.

After examining the vehicle, officers found there was no insurance and no tax.

The driver was also breaching the public health regulations of essential travel only.

It was seized under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act.

Gardaí said: "There was no reason to be out on roads at all, just rallying the car."

The Roads Policing Unit were using the new TruCam long range speed gun which can clock the speed of cars up to 1km away. 

The TruCAM II laser guns are sometimes able to detect the speed of vehicles even before the driver can see the garda.
According to the TruCAM II specifications, it has a maximum measurement distance of 1,200m - and so is suited to long, straight stretches of road such as on the motorways network.

 

The TruCAM II device is also water resistant and therefore can be operated in wet conditions.
It has up to 10 hours of battery time and can be re-charged from a garda car's cigarette lighter socket.
A large trans-reflective LCD screen works in bright sunlight or in night-time conditions.