Radical proposal to link speeding fines to salaries is rejected
A radical proposal to link speeding fines to the salaries of motorists has been rejected by gardaí.
The Garda Representative Association came out against the concept after the Irish Independent disclosed yesterday that the Road Safety Authority was seriously considering an index-linked system.
A spokesman said proposals would be submitted to the Department of Transport as soon as possible.
But the association's general secretary, Pat Ennis, told its annual conference in Galway yesterday that he thought it would be unhealthy in a democracy to incentivise the prosecution of people in any context.
"I would be vehemently opposed to it. I think it would be very unhealthy," he said.
"There are faults and deficiencies in the system, there's absolutely no doubt about it, but the most important thing is the preservation of life. The roads policing policy is designed to reduce deaths on roads and that's the priority."
He said the current roads policing policy needed to be more effective and the problems were probably resource-based.
Asked about the fake breath tests, Mr Ennis said he did not accept there was collective responsibility.
"Generals don't blame their foot soldiers for the outcome of a battle no more than the bank official at the counter was responsible for the calamity of the banking system," Mr Ennis said.