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Penalty points could double on Bank Holiday weekends under new plans

Penalty points could double on Bank Holiday weekends under new road safety plans. Gardaí are con...
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10.31 11 Feb 2020


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Penalty points could double on Bank Holiday weekends under new road safety plans.

Gardaí are considering the measure in a bid to clamp down on dangerous driving at high-risk times.

As reported by the Irish Independent today, the 'double trouble' system is already in operation in some parts of Australia.

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Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, Conor Faughnan from the AA said he believes that more gardaí would be a better idea.

He said: "It's maybe a good idea amongst the things you could do.

"In all honesty, it's not a measure we truly need.

"I would be much more in favour of doubling garda resources than laws.

Mr Faughnan compared the laws here to systems in places such as Australia where large fines are dispensed.

He said: "The road safety effort is a very good one, they share with Ireland the distinctions of being the countries that have made the most progress over the last 30 years.

"There's much that the Australians do that is worth looking at and copying, for example, the original penalty points system in Ireland was modelled on the Australian system."

However, he believes that the law in Ireland does not need to be adjusted.

He said: "I don't think you need to be a top analyst to conclude we just don't have enough gardaí.

"I have no objection to it but I would be concerned it would just be another distraction, it would be something else to prevent you from sticking to the knitting and enforcing the laws we've got."

Mr Faughnan said a positive development for road users will be the new safety camera zones which will be in place from next week.

903 new speed zones will be introduced on our roads to clamp down on dangerous driving as speed results in a third of road deaths.

Main image: File photo. Credit: RollingNews

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