Friday 19 January 2018

Gardai not policing - unless you're a driver or drug user

But if you are a committed or dangerous criminal, you are likely to just get the 'blind eye' treatment, writes Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

If you are a driver or recreational drug user, you can expect no mercy from An Garda Siochana. These are two areas where the Garda definitely cannot be accused of slacking.

If you seriously assault someone; break into a house, ransack it and steal whatever you find worth taking; mug a tourist; or rob a young person's mobile phone or wallet, then you might find a more liberal interpretation of your actions. You might actually find your crime has been 're-classified' as a 'non-crime'.

In other words, if you are a committed, even dangerous criminal, you have a better chance of receiving the 'blind eye' treatment, but if you are one of the 600,000 to 700,000 drivers each year who transgress any traffic law, then you are automatically punished by way of fine and additional insurances costs from penalty points. The Garda are currently pulling in around €56m a year in fines from motorists.

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