Tuesday 6 December 2016

State is still struggling to execute own laws properly

Another procedural failure may result in drink drivers avoiding prosecution, writes Dearbhail McDonald

Published 27/09/2015 | 02:30

Another procedural failure may result in drink drivers avoiding prosecution
Another procedural failure may result in drink drivers avoiding prosecution

Did you hear the one about the Romanian who escaped a drink-driving rap because his breathalyser test result wasn't printed in Irish?

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It sounds like the start of a groan-inducing 'Paddy Irishman' joke.

But the punch line is much worse: hundreds of drink drivers may now escape prosecution as a result of a legal challenge by Mihai Avadenei, a Romanian national who was stopped by gardai with a strong smell of alcohol on his breath after being clocked driving 80kmh in a 50kmh zone.

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