Saturday 16 December 2017

Gardai arrest and charge 117 disqualified drivers under new law

Gardai (Stock image)
Gardai (Stock image)
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Gardai have arrested and charged more than 110 disqualified drivers following a change in the law.

Some 87 drivers have been arrested since new powers were brought in on June 22 last, with another 30 charged with multiple offences.

Until June, Gardai did not have powers to arrest a disqualified driver if they stopped on the street. They had to be summonsed to court, or charged at a later date.

However, the new powers allows Gardai to arrest these high-risk motorists on the roadside, charge them in the nearest station and take them to the earliest possible court sitting.

In a briefing this morning, Chief Superintendent Mark Curran from the Garda National Traffic Bureau said one member of the Dublin Traffic Corps had arrested two disqualified drivers.

“In many cases, when intercepted, other offences have been detected such as no insurance or intoxicated driving,” he said.

“It is totally unacceptable that drivers who have lost their licence either through the accumulation of penalty points or in court continue to drive.”

The figures show:

  • 117 motorists have been charged with driving while disqualified
  • In 30 of those incidents, other offences were detected including dangerous driving, drink driving, no NCT or giving a false name and address. In these cases, it emerged these drivers were disqualified
  • Many of these motorists had multiple convictions. One had 260 previous convictions
  • At least 87 vehicles were impounded for having no insurance

Separately, new figures show that 93 people have been killed on the road, down 23 on the same period of 2014.

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