Deputy Tommy Broughan and Ms Susan Gray of PARC Road Safety group have today welcomed news from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport that our complex Road Safety legislation is to be consolidated following this week’s revelation of the worryingly low conviction rates for drink driving cases. Earlier this week, it was reported that of the 20,000 plus drink-driving cases before Courts nationally between January 2013 and May 2015 just 8,391 were convicted. A much smaller number of these convictions then had their driving licence numbers recorded
Deputy Broughan has today expressed his strong disappointment at Mr Justice Seamus Noonan’s ruling that breath alcohol test reports must be produced in both Irish and English to be valid. This ruling directly contradicts the reassurances given by our Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohue, back in March of this year, where he confirmed that “It is not the case that reports are provided in both English and Irish”.
Deputy Tommy Broughan this week called for a Topical Issues debate on the urgent need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and Minister for Justice and Equality to work together to prioritise the improvement of communications and collaboration between the Road Safety Authority, the Gardaí and the Courts Service to ensure the prosecution and application of penalty points on those convicted of traffic offences and in particular those charged with dangerous driving offences.