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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 721 - Garda data [26802/17] [Drink driving]. (20 Jun 2017)

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721. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a full response to Parliamentary Questions Nos 51, 52, 53 and 56 of 13 April 2017 will issue. [26802/17]

 

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan):   I refer to Parliamentary Question (PQ) No's 51, 52, 53 and 56 of 13 April 2017. As you will recall, the information requested could not be obtained in the time available and an undertaking was made to contact you again when it was to hand. A response has been received from An Garda Síochána and for clarity each PQ has been detailed along with the answer.

 

  PQ No. 51 of 13 April 2017 in which you asked the number of drivers under Section 29 of the Road Traffic Act 2010 who were not eligible for a specific notice (details supplied).

 

Details Supplied: For motorists who were not eligible for a fixed penalty notice because they would have a received a similar notice within the previous three years for the years 2012 – 2017 under the following:- 1. Motorists that were apprehended for having more than 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood but less than 80mg and were not eligible for a fixed penalty notice because they would have a received a similar notice within the previous three years for the years 2012 – 2017; 2. Motorists who were apprehended for having more than 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of urine but not exceeding 135 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml; 3. Motorists who were apprehended for having 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath but no exceeding 44 micrograms.

 

  I am informed by the Garda authorities that the specific information requested by you in PQ No. 51 of 13 April 2017 is not readily available. The relevant data is not recorded in such a manner as to allow the specific information requested to be extrapolated without the necessity for a manual trawl through each individual incident recorded which would require a disproportionate use of Garda resources.

 

  However, to be of assistance, the Garda authorities have provided the information in Table 1.a and Table 1.b in Appendix 1 which details the total number of Fixed Charge Notices (FCNs) issued to motorists (classified under the Act as 'Specified' and 'Non-Specified') for the offence of driving under the influence (of an intoxicant) and the current status  of those FCNs each year including 2017, valid to 6 June 2017.

 

PQ No. 52 of 13 April 2017 in which you asked the number of fines or fixed penalty notices that were issued to motorists , in tabular form (details supplied).'

 

Details Supplied: Motorists who were apprehended for having 35 Microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath but not exceeding 44 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath for the years 2012 to 2017 to date.

 

  I am informed by the Garda authorities that the table at Appendix 2 details the number of all FCNs issued to motorists who were detained for the offence of 'driving under the influence' (of an intoxicant) and who provided a breath sample the result of which indicated a presence of alcohol between 36 microgrammes - 44 microgrammes per 100mls of breath, for the period 2012 - 2017, valid to 6 June 2017.

 

PQ No. 53 of 13 April 2017 in which you asked the number of fines or fixed penalty notices that were issued to motorists , in tabular form (details supplied).'

 

Details Supplied: Motorists who were apprehended for having more [than] 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 ml of urine but not exceeding 135 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine for the years 2012 -2017 to date under Section 29 of the Road Traffic Act 2010.

 

 I am informed by the Garda authorities that the table at Appendix 3 details the number of all   FCNs issued to motorists who were detained for the offence of 'driving under the influence' (of an intoxicant) and who provided a urine sample the result of which indicated a presence of alcohol between 108mgs - 135mgs per 100mls of urine, for the period 2012 - 2017, valid to 6 June 2017.   PQ No. 56 of 13 April 2017 in which you asked the number of fines or fixed penalty notices (details supplied) that were issued to motorists , in tabular form. Details Supplied: Motorists who were apprehended for having more than 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood but less than 80mg for the years 2012 – 2017 to date under Section 29 of The Road Traffic Act 2010

 

  I am informed by the Garda authorities that the table at Appendix 4 details the number of all FCNs issued to motorists who were detained for the offence of 'driving under the influence' (of an intoxicant) and who provided a blood sample, the result of which indicated a presence of alcohol between 51mgs - 80mgs per 100ml of blood for the period 2012 -2017, valid to 6 June 2017.

 

  An Garda Síochána have also provided the table at Appendix 5, which details the corresponding intoxicant level for each sample type for each classification of motorists (classified under the Act as 'Specified' and 'Non-Specified') for the offence of driving under the influence (of an intoxicant).

 

  All figures provided are provisional, operational and liable to change and valid to 6 June 2017.

 

APPENDIX 1

TABLE 1.a

The total number of Fixed Charge Notices (FCNs) issued to motorists (classified under the Act as 'Specified' and 'Non-Specified') for the offence of driving under the influence (of an intoxicant) for each year including 2017, valid to 6 June 2017*.

 

Specified Drivers (€200 fixed charge + 3 months disqualification)

Non-Specified Drivers (€200 fixed charge + 3 Penalty Points)

Non-Specified Drivers (€400 fixed charge + 6 months disqualification)

2012

304

650

370

2013

187

531

356

2014

225

563

339

2015

163

501

315

2016

252

622

390

2017 (6 June 2017)

75

275

140

Total

1,206

3,142

1,910

*Data provided is provisional, operational and liable to change and valid to 6 June 2017

 

TABLE 1.b

The current status of those Fixed Charge Notices (FCNs) detailed in Table 1.a for each year including 2017, valid to 6 June 2017*.

 

Specified Drivers (€200 fixed charge + 3 months disqualification)

Non-Specified Drivers (€200 fixed charge + 3 Penalty Points)

Non-Specified Drivers (€400 fixed charge + 6 months disqualification)

Total

1,206

3,142

1,910

Paid

832

2,564

1,426

Summons

311

451

401

Terminated

42

64

46

Still within Payment Time Frame

16

55

31

Statute Barred

4

4

2

Other

1

4

4

Payment Rate

69%

82%

75%

*Data provided is provisional, operational and liable to change and valid to 6 June 2017

 

APPENDIX 2

The number of all Fixed Charge Notices (FCNs) issued to motorists who were detained for the offence of 'driving under the influence' (of an intoxicant) and who provided a breath sample the result of which indicated a presence of alcohol between 36 microgrammes - 44 microgrammes per 100mls of breath, for the period 2012 - 2017*.

 

Drive / Attempt to Drive a mechanically propelled vehicle while exceeding alcohol limit (Br) (36 -44)

In Charge of a mechanically propelled vehicle while exceeding alcohol limit (Br) (36 -44)

2012

265

23

2013

261

20

2014

264

16

2015

229

28

2016

316

20

2017 (6 June 2017)

114

4

*Data provided is provisional, operational and liable to change and valid to 6 June 2017

 

APPENDIX 3

The number of all Fixed Charge Notices (FCNS) issued to motorists who were detained for the offence of 'driving under the influence' (of an intoxicant) and who provided a urine sample the result of which indicated a presence of alcohol between 108mgs - 135mgs per 100mls of urine, for the period 2012 - 2017*.

 

Drive/Attempt to Drive a mechanically propelled vehicle while exceeding alcohol limit (U) (108 - 135)

In Charge of a mechanically propelled vehicle while exceeding alcohol limit (U) (108 - 135)

2012

40

3

2013

33

2

2014

22

4

2015

26

7

2016

22

2

2017 (6 June 2017)

10

3

*Data provided is provisional, operational and liable to change and valid to 6 June 2017

APPENDIX 4

The number of all Fixed Charge Notices (FCNs) issued to motorists who were detained for the offence of 'driving under the influence' (of an intoxicant) and who provided a blood sample, the result of which indicated a presence of alcohol between 51mgs - 80mgs per 100ml of blood for the period 2012 - 2017*.

 

Drive / Attempt to Drive a mechanically propelled vehicle while exceeding alcohol limit (B) (51 - 80)

In Charge of a mechanically propelled vehicle while exceeding alcohol limit (B) (51 - 80)

2012

90

5

2013

53

3

2014

33

5

2015

50

4

2016

56

4

2017 (6 June 2017)

22

2

*Data provided is provisional, operational and liable to change and valid to 6 June 2017

 

APPENDIX 5

Corresponding intoxicant level for each sample type for each classification of motorists (classified under the Act as 'Specified' and 'Non-Specified') for the offence of driving under the influence (of an intoxicant).

Sample Type

Specified (€200 Fixed Charge + 3 Months Disqualification)

Non-Specified (€200 Fixed Charge + 3 Penalty Points)

Non-Specified (€400 Fixed Charge + 6 Months Disqualification)

Blood (B)

20mgs - 80mgs per 100ml blood

51mgs - 80mgs per 100ml blood

81mgs - 100mgs per 100ml blood

Urine (U)

28mgs - 107mgs per 100ml urine

68mgs - 107mgs per 100ml urine

108mgs - 135mgs per 100ml urine

Breath (Br)

10 mircogrammes - 35 mircogrammes per 100ml breath

23 mircogrammes - 35 microgrammes per 100ml breath

36 microgrammes - 44 mircogrammes per 100ml breath

 

Item Type:Dail Debates
Source:Oireachtas
Date:20 June 2017
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Substance related societal (social) problems > Alcohol / drinking and driving
B Substances > Alcohol
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime > Substance related crime
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Law enforcement agency
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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