Friday 9 December 2016

Outrage aside, judges must stick to the letter of the law

Published 23/09/2015 | 02:30

'It is outrageous that drink-drivers will avoid prosecution over what many will feel is a mere technical breach of the law. But judges are obliged to uphold the law and the State is obliged to comply with it'
'It is outrageous that drink-drivers will avoid prosecution over what many will feel is a mere technical breach of the law. But judges are obliged to uphold the law and the State is obliged to comply with it'

The travesty of the High Court ruling is the prospect of hundreds of drink-drivers escaping prosecution because the State failed to follow clear procedures laid down in its own road safety laws.

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That's unforgivable, not least because of the death and injury caused by the actions of drunk drivers.

Detection, prosecutions and convictions matter, in terms of deterrence and saving lives. And alcohol breath testing, either by the side of the road or later in garda stations, is a vital part of the State's armoury in the battle to make our roads safer. Evidenzer breath-testing kits, which operate under Section 13 (2) of the Road Traffic Act (RTA) 2010, have been key to helping gardaí maintain safety on our roads.

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