Sunday 19 February 2017

State is taking a big risk by failing in its legal duty

Published 21/10/2015 | 02:30

Convictions matter and it is insane that we would jeopardise all of the great work to date to save lives because of administrative obstacles
Convictions matter and it is insane that we would jeopardise all of the great work to date to save lives because of administrative obstacles

The headline statistic is certainly striking: only four out of 10 drink-driving prosecutions in the last two years have resulted in a conviction.

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But the reticence of the Department of Justice to drill down and explain the apparent 40pc conviction rate for drink-driving in recent years is also striking, and perhaps means those figures should be treated with caution.

The figures assert that out of more than 20,000 people due before our district courts for drink-driving between January 2013 and May 2015, only 6,709 were convicted.

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