26/09/2019

Fianna Fáil Call For 'Tougher Stance' On Speeding Offences

Fianna Fáil has called for a "tougher stance" on following up on speeding offences.

The party's Spokesperson on Justice Jim O' Callaghan made the call as new figures released show that of 61,059 speeding offences listed in the courts over a 29-month period since 2017, some 27,899 were struck out due to summonses not being served.

The summonses were meant to be served on motorists who failed to pay fixed-charge penalty notices.

Deputy O'Callaghan said: "News of the high levels of motorists having speeding offences struck out in court is extremely disappointing given the role of speeding in accidents and deaths on Irish roads each year.

"We need to ensure that speeding motorists are brought before the courts and that there is a proper deterrent for motorists who break our speeding laws. If we want to educate people that speed kills then we cannot let them walk away without sanction as a result of an administrative failure to serve a summons.

"Minister Flanagan needs to review immediately the high level of cases which were struck out in the 29-month period and take appropriate action."


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