Seanad debates

Tuesday, 3 October 2006

Road Traffic and Transport Bill 2006: Committee and Remaining Stages


4:00 pm

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Fine Gael)

I move amendment No. 1:

In page 7, before section 3, to insert the following new section:

3.—(1) The Principal Act is amended in section 53(2)—

(a) in paragraph (a) by the substitution of "fine," for "fine and",

(b) in paragraph (b) by the substitution of "imprisonment and," for "imprisonment.", and

(c) by the insertion of the following paragraph in subsection (2):

"(c) and in any case shall be liable to a mandatory disqualification from driving for a period of not less than 6 months and not more than 3 years.".

(2) In this section, "Principal Act" means the Road Traffic Act 1961.".

In a dangerous driving case, it is up to the judge to give sentence. In such cases I am proposing a mandatory sentence of between six months and three years rather than leaving it to a judge's discretion.


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