Written answers

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Road Traffic Offences

5:00 am

Photo of Jan O'SullivanJan O'Sullivan (Limerick East, Labour)
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Question 209: To ask the Minister for Justice and Law Reform his plans to expand the recently announced mobile road safety camera project to include issues such as use of mobile telephones and non-wearing of seat belts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45128/10]

Photo of Dermot AhernDermot Ahern (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Louth, Fianna Fail)
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The objective of the outsourced Garda mobile safety cameras is to reduce the number of speed related collisions and so save lives, as excessive or inappropriate speeding is a major factor in road traffic collisions. A contract for this purpose was accordingly concluded with the service provider. There are currently no plans to extend the use of the cameras to detect non-wearing of seat belts or the use of mobile phones while driving.

All members of An Garda Síochána are tasked with the enforcement of road traffic legislation as part of road traffic law enforcement activity or general policing. Members of An Garda Síochána carry out planned and unplanned checkpoints to detect breaches across the whole range of road traffic and transport legislation, including the non-wearing of seatbelts and the use of mobile phones while driving.

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