Monday 20 November 2017

Gardaí 'refuse' to listen to pleas on speeding - judge

Judge Patrick Durcan Picture: Courtpix
Judge Patrick Durcan Picture: Courtpix

Gordon Deegan

A judge hit out at the "blank, mule-ish refusal" by Garda bosses to listen to his pleas to overhaul the prosecution of suspected speeding motorists.

At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan made his comment after striking out a number of 'Go Safe' speeding prosecutions.

Judge Durcan struck out some cases after the motorists said they didn't receive the fixed charge penalty notice.

Judge Durcan has previously stated if gardaí registered the fixed charge penalty notices in the post going out to motorists, there would be proof of the penalty being received.

But he hit out at the Garda authorities' refusal to consider such an approach of registering the penalty notices.

After the court heard that one motorist was detected at driving 112km in a 100km zone at Cratloe on the main Ennis-Limerick route, the motorist told the court: "I never received the fixed charge penalty notice."

In reply, Judge Durcan said: "I am not going to waste time on this - strike out."

Addressing the local garda inspector, Paul Slattery, Judge Durcan said: "Let the Commissioner understand that there is something called registered post - you might tell her that."

He said there was "a blank, mule-ish refusal by the Garda authorities to listen to my plea to register in the post the fixed charge penalty notices".

He added: "It is a few little things that are causing irritation and this is one that is causing so much damage. Please contact the Commissioner's office on my behalf to communicate my concerns over the registered post issue."

Insp Slattery said it would be done before close of business.

Irish Independent

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