Friday 23 March 2018

Paying penalty for driving solo

NEW laws aimed at tackling the dangerous, often lethal, behaviour of learner-drivers came into operation on July 1, 2008. Figures just released show that in its first 18 months the operation helped to bring down the death rate but that, as always in such matters, there is a long way to go.

Almost 14,000 people have been detected, prosecuted and fined a minimum of €1,000 for such offences as engaging in dangerous or careless driving, or driving on motorways unaccompanied by a qualified person.

Some of the illegal practices are strange, almost bizarre. Driving unaccompanied used to be so common as to attract no attention. Unsurprisingly, 7,128 persons have now been charged with the offence. More oddly, 3,160 have faced prosecution for having no L-plates. An attempt to pose as qualified, or mere carelessness?

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