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DÁIL CONTRIBUTION ON AMD 4 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMD) BILL 2017

I strongly support subsection 1(1)(d)(i), the substitution by the Minister in the original Bill, and commend him for it. I am not a member of the Select Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport but I read carefully all the comments by colleagues at that committee.

The points the Minister made on his proposal are fairly unanswerable, in particular, that between 2012 and 2016, 3,003 fixed penalty notices were issued to drink drivers in the 51 mg to 80 mg alcohol concentration bracket, alcohol is a factor in 38% of road deaths and, most importantly, the Road Safety Authority tells us that at least 35 people died in collisions in the period from 2008 to 2012 which involved drivers being found responsible owing to alcohol levels between 21 mg and 80 mg. These are decisive statistics, unlike what Deputy Troy has said, and they make a strong case.

DÁIL CONTRIBUTION ON AMDS 2&3 TO THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 2017

There is a sense of déjà vu in this debate, particularly the very lengthy start made regarding recommittal to Committee Stage, because we thought approximately one year ago that section 39 of the 2016 Act was in order, signed by the President and would be commenced. There is no question but that amendment No. 29, which the Minister has tabled, is a comprehensive attempt to finally address the issue of unaccompanied drivers. It is a couple of years since a former Minister, Deputy Fitzgerald, gave me information on the number of fatal and serious injury collisions involving unaccompanied drivers from 2012 to November 2016. In 2012 there were seven fatal and 22 serious collisions; in 2013, there were four fatal and ten serious collisions; in 2014, there were eight fatal and 32 serious collisions and in 2015, there were 16 fatal and 24 serious collisions.

DÁIL SPEECH ON THE MOTION RE: ROAD TRAFFIC AMENDMENT BILL 2017

I am delighted to have a brief opportunity to comment on this. It is unusual procedure. In my time in the House, I think I might have only seen it on one other occasion. A whole range of important measures that are necessary to improve road safety have been introduced in this country. It could be said that the Minister should have brought these issues before us in a more comprehensive consolidated Bill on Second Stage and then brought them to the committee. The reality is that as of yesterday, 49 people have tragically died in road traffic collisions so far this year, I think just two fewer than this time last year. While the 2017 figures were lower than those of the previous year, with 159 fatalities in 2017 compared with 187 in 2016, there are still far too many families and friends left totally devastated week after week and month after month because of injuries and deaths sustained in serious road traffic collisions.

DATA ON SERIOUS CRASH INJURIES NEEDS MAJOR IMPROVEMENT – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan today received a reply from the Road Safety Authority to a recent Parliamentary Question raised with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport regarding data on serious injuries as a result of road traffic collisions (RTCs). The RSA stated that the provisional data available to it from An Garda Síochána showed that there were 827 serious injuries in 2015 and 953 in 2016 and that the data for 2017 was unavailable.

BROUGHAN WELCOMES COURTS (NO. 2) BILL TO COMMENCE SECTION 44 ‘THIRD PAYMENT OPTION’

Today in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Broughan warmly welcomed the Courts (No. 2) Bill 2016 which will allow for the commencement of Section 44 (the ‘third payment option’) of the Road Traffic Act 2010. Deputy Broughan has replies to Parliamentary Questions dated back to 2012 when he was calling for the commencement of this Section.

Currently if a person is convicted of a fixed charge offence, they are issued with a Fixed Charge Notice (FCN) indicating the detail of the offence(s) and giving them 28 days to pay the specified fine. A further 28 days payment period is then permitted plus a 50% increase in the fine amount (total of 56 days) if the FCN remains unpaid. The Courts (No. 2) Bill 2016 provides the legislative framework to allow for the commencement of Section 44 of the Road Traffic Act 2010, which is also known as the ‘third payment option’.

OVER 150 UNACCOMPANIED LEARNER DRIVERS INVOLVED IN FATAL OR SERIOUS ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISIONS OVER 5 YEARS – BROUGHAN

Deputy Tommy Broughan has recently been asking the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, and of course, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, for figures relating to unaccompanied learner drivers who have been involved in fatal or serious road traffic collisions. Deputy Broughan asked these questions on behalf of PARC civil society group as part of the work it has been undertaking in supporting families bereaved by RTCs caused by unaccompanied learner drivers.

BROUGHAN WELCOMES MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT’S COMMENTS ON DRINK DRIVING

Deputy Tommy Broughan today echoes the praise of PARC (Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Care on our Roads) for the comments made by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, on the need to crack down on those who drink and drive. 187 people tragically lost their lives on Irish roads during 2016, which was an increase of 25 from the previous year. Thousands of others were seriously injured. Figures show that the Gardaí arrested more than 730 people for drink driving over the Christmas period this year which was an increase of 34% on the same period in 2015.

DÁIL QUESTIONS WITH MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT ON ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY

The Minister has at long last put up his list of priorities on his Department’s website and it includes the mid-term review of the National Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020. Would the Minister agree that parts of that strategy seem to be in tatters when one looks at the enforcement targets, for example, or the annual report on the strength of the Garda traffic corps and how it is actually carrying out its enforcement and given also that as of this morning 175 people have lost their lives on Irish roads, and the casualty is still rising?

LEADERS’ QUESTIONS WITH THE TAOISEACH ON ROAD SAFETY

Up to yesterday, 148 of our fellow citizens were killed on the roads this year. That represents an increase of 25 on last year. Of course, the 148 families of these victims are totally devastated. In communities in virtually every constituency, people are being devastated by the ongoing carnage. Since the Taoiseach came to office in March 2011, approximately 1,000 people have died on our roads and perhaps 15,000 have been seriously injured. The chairperson of the Road Safety Authority, our former Dáil colleague, Liz O’Donnell, has drawn attention once again to the fact that under this Taoiseach, successive Administrations have slashed the size of the Garda traffic corps by half, from approximately 1,200 around the time of the crash down to barely 700 now.

BROUGHAN KEEPS ROAD SAFETY ON DÁIL AGENDA

Today in Dáil Éireann, during Leaders’ Questions, Deputy Tommy Broughan challenged the Taoiseach on the effectiveness of the Government’s current Road Safety Strategy given the increase in road deaths this year. To date, 148 lives have been tragically lost on Irish roads, which is a shocking 24 more deaths than the same time last year. The decade from 2000 to 2010 saw road deaths more than halved (from over 400 to less than 200) following a concerted effort by campaigners and the then Government. Of course, the introduction of penalty points and other measures contributed greatly to improving driver behaviour and subsequently road safety during this time.