Sunday 24 September 2017

October 2015: Figures supplied to Independent TD Tommy Broughan show that, of 20,000 motorists who appeared before the district courts on drink driving charges between January 2013 and May 2015, just 6,709 were convicted.

October 2015: Figures supplied to Independent TD Tommy Broughan show that, of 20,000 motorists who appeared before the district courts on drink driving charges between January 2013 and May 2015, just 6,709 were convicted.

September 2015: High Court rules that results of alcohol breath tests must be supplied in both English and Irish after lawyers for a Dublin man argue that only receiving a copy in English meant it was not a duly completed statement within the meaning of the 2010 Road Traffic Act.

June 2015: More than 5,000 motorists facing speeding charges have their cases struck out because summonses are not served by gardaí . Some 5,285 motorists allegedly caught speeding between January and March 2015 are affected.

June 2015: Up to 350 convicted motorists a week dodge getting penalty points on their licence by claiming in court they don't have their licence with them. Some 20,000 motorists have avoided points over a 15-month period.

December 2014: Technical blunders in legislation mean that penalty points handed down to 74,000 motorists since the previous August may not have been properly applied. This resulted in some drivers receiving points for a variety of offences which did not have legal standing.

October 2013: State spending watchdog the Comptroller and Auditor General finds that one in five motorists escape penalty points because of "significant weaknesses" in the system.

June 2013: Road Safety Authority (RSA) chairman Gay Byrne warns that dwindling Garda numbers have resulted in motorists engaging in risky behaviour because they don't fear being caught.

Irish Independent

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