Lack of drink-driving prosecutions not good enough

Seán Sherlock TD
11 December 2017

Labour Justice spokesperson Sean Sherlock TD has said that is not acceptable that only 58% of drink driving cases resulted in a conviction and that the failure to follow up on many other cases is disappointing.

Speaking in advance of the RTÉ Investigates programme tonight, Deputy Sherlock said:

“Drink driving is one of the biggest causes of road traffic deaths, and it is not good enough that so few cases are being prosecuted and resulting in convictions.

“The revelations released so far from tonight’s RTÉ Investigates programme highlights the need to ensure that our laws are enforced, and prosecuted.

“The administration of justice must be seen to be fair and impartial, and that all are treated equally.

“The fact that so few summons are served, that many penalty point cases end up using the court poor box and that so many cases are adjourned before reaching conclusion are worrying trends that must be addressed.”

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