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Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Hit-and-Run Accidents.

Tuesday, 8 February 1966

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 220 No. 7

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Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange asked the Minister for Justice (a) the number of hit-and-run accidents in the past 12 [970] months, (b) the number of deaths resulting from such accidents, (c) the number of such accidents in respect of which prosecutions took place, and (d) the number in respect of which the offenders have not been apprehended.

Mr. B. Lenihan: Information on Patrick J. Lenihan Zoom on Patrick J. Lenihan The number of hit-and-run accidents known to the Garda in the twelve-month period ended 31st December, 1965, was 719. The number of deaths resulting from such accidents was seven. Proceedings were instituted or are pending in 490 cases, including all seven cases where death was caused. In seven other cases proceedings could not be instituted because the persons concerned were resident outside the jurisdiction. The offenders have not been traced in the remaining 222 cases.

As I mentioned in reply to a similar question on 25th May last, although precise figures are not available, it may be taken that the great majority of these accidents were ones in which nobody was injured.

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