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Written Answers - Road Traffic Offences

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 No. 3

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 442.  Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor Information on Olivia Mitchell Zoom on Olivia Mitchell  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  if he will provide in tabular form the number of speed check operations carried out each year since 2000 in speed limit zones under 50 km, under 60 km, under 80 km, under 100 km and under 120 km; the number of alleged speed limit offences that were detected and processed for each of these zones; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16658/12]

 443.  Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor Information on Olivia Mitchell Zoom on Olivia Mitchell  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  if he will provide in tabular form the number of speed check operations carried out each year since 2000 in suburban areas, motorways, dual carriageways, single carriageways and secondary roads; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16659/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I propose to take Questions Nos. 442 and 443 together.

[887]I am informed by the Garda authorities that it is not possible to provide the specific information requested by the Deputy in relation to the number of speed check operations carried out in the zones/road classifications specified as it would require a disproportionate amount of Garda time and resources to collate.

With regard to the number of speeding offences detected, the following table indicates the number of fixed charge notices issued per road classification for the years 2005 to 2011 inclusive.

  2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
Built Up Area 68,632 63,911 73,005 45,342 51,235 45,911 23,602
Motorway 8,454 10,488 10,713 5,738 4,047 3,816 1,168
National Roads 33,876 12,625 24,547 38,569 37,546 32,192 3,640
Regional and Local 31,658 8,229 9,110 9,901 9,602 9,812 2,605
Road Works and Special Speed Limits 120,122 62,801 62,790 78,235 96,436 89,178 46,138
Other (Road Type Unspecified) 36 69 164 325 348 540 2,981
Total 262,778 158,123 180,329 178,110 199,214 181,449 80,134

I am advised by the Garda authorities that, as speed limits were changed from miles per hour to kilometres per hour in 2005, the information requested by the Deputy in relation to the number of speed offences detected in the specified zones by kilometres is only available from 2005.


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