Monday 11 December 2017

Over 60pc of drink-drivers escape conviction

Over 60pc of drink-drivers before the District Court in the last two years have escaped without a conviction.
Over 60pc of drink-drivers before the District Court in the last two years have escaped without a conviction.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Over 60pc of drink-drivers before the District Court in the last two years have escaped without a conviction.

Almost 40pc of those in front of the District Court have resulted in conviction, according to figures from the Department of Justice, published in the Irish Times.

Up to May 2015, that figure had fallen to 28pc, according to the figures from the Department of Justice.

Between January 2013 and May 2015, more than 20,000 people were due before District Courts for drink-driving. Of that figure, 6,709 were convicted.

The highest conviction rate for drink driving was Offaly with 68pc, while Kerry had the lowest rate with 29pc conviction rate.

In England and Wales, the conviction rate for drink-driving cases is 97pc resulting in a conviction.

The figures were supplied to road safety group Parc after Tommy Broughan TD tabled a questioned in the Dail. Some cases are listed in front of the courts but have not yet been finalised.

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