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Written Answers. - Electronic Surveillance.

Tuesday, 8 October 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 469 No. 5

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 134. Mr. M. McDowell Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell  asked the Minister for the Environment Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin  if he intends to introduce legislation to permit automatic electronic surveillance and photography equipment to be used to provide evidence in Court proceedings for speeding and traffic light offences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17883/96]

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin Section 105 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961, as amended by section 44 of the Road Traffic Act, 1994, provides that, where the proof of the commission of an offence under the Act involves the proof of the speed at which a person was driving, the onus of establishing the speed, prima facie, may be discharged by tendering evidence of indications, from which the speed can be inferred, which were given by a watch or electronic or other apparatus including photographic apparatus. I have no proposals at this stage to extend this provision to other offences.

It is a matter for the courts to decide on the acceptance of evidence in any individual case.

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