Saturday 21 January 2017

Road users concerned not enough gardai enforcing Ireland's traffic laws

Published 29/10/2015 | 08:44

73pc said they believed not enough gardai were making sure legislation was being adhered to Photo: Frank McGrath
73pc said they believed not enough gardai were making sure legislation was being adhered to Photo: Frank McGrath

Almost three quarters of road users in Ireland believe that there are not enough gardai enforcing the traffic laws.

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A research study, carried out for the Road Safety Authority (RSA), also revealed that 25pc said that they hadn't come across a garda checkpoint in the last six months.

RTE News obtained the results of the study - which hasn't yet been officially published - under the Freedom of Information Act.

Out of 1,000 people who were asked in person about their perceptions of gardai enforcement of road traffic laws, 73pc said they believed not enough gardai were making sure legislation was being adhered to.

Drink driving, dangerous driving and mobile phone offences were cited as the three biggest issues road users are concerned are not being enforced adequately.

Fellow motorists holding a mobile phone while driving was also one of the breaches most frequently observed by the study participants.

Meanwhile, almost 90pc of those surveyed maintained that garda enforcement is a major factor in saving lives on Ireland's roads.

Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the RSA, defended the RSA's decision not to publish the report as yet - but assured that the report would be publsihed on the RSA website in due course.

She said the report was a reflection of "public perception" but that the RSA had spoken with the gardai about the study results. 

"The fear of detection is the most active way of deterring behaviour," she told RTE Radio 1's Morning Ireland.

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