Monday 27 February 2017

State is still struggling to execute own laws properly

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

Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

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?

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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