Monday 18 December 2017

Repeat offenders to face 'rehab' training

Treacy Hogan

DRIVERS who repeatedly get caught for speeding will have to undergo 'rehab' speed training.

Plans being drawn up by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) will see new powers being handed to district justices to order rogue motorists to take part in a special rehabilitation programme.

A similar programme is being introduced in the North, where motorists can undergo the retraining as an alternative to a fine and three penalty points.

However, under the new proposals here, repeat offenders will have to undergo 'speed rehab' in addition to paying a fine and receiving penalty points.

RSA chief executive Noel Brett said yesterday the organisation was developing proposals to be brought before the Government.

The measure was contained in the Government's road safety strategy.

Mr Brett said the rehabilitation programme would be on top of the fine and penalty points and would not be an alternative. Details have yet to be finalised, including how many offences a driver must record before being ordered to undergo the training.

Under the plan district justices will be able to order drivers who are either very far above the limit or who regularly appear before the courts on speeding charges to take part.

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey said it was expected the retraining course would be initially outsourced to a private company for a pilot scheme.

Irish Independent

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