‘Drivers who break the law must get the points’

Road safety campaigner blasts practice that allows many to escape convictions

An Inishowen road safety campaigner has hit out at a common practice in courts that allows drivers charged with motoring offences, such as speeding, to routinely escape convictions and penalty points.
In the Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim areas so far this year some 290 motorists have avoided convictions under the Road Traffic Act by handing over various sums to the poor box while the Department of Justice revealed that 1,049 people nationally escaped convictions.
Culdaff’s Susan Gray, a founder member of the PARC lobby group, says the practice, which permits defendants to make a donation to charity [usually €150] in lieu of a motoring conviction and points, is making our roads more dangerous.


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