Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Department of Justice, Equality and Defence
Road Traffic Offences
Question 376: To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if any prosecutions have been taken against drivers who tested negative for alcohol following a collision but positive for drugs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17440/11]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 376 and 377 together.
Following the submission in 2004 of a report and recommendations by an expert group on crime statistics, it was decided that the compilation and publication of crime statistics should be taken over by the Central Statistics Office, as the national statistical agency, from An Garda Síochána. The Garda Síochána Act 2005 consequently makes provision for this and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose. Following the setting up of the necessary technical systems and auditing of the data from which the statistics are compiled, the CSO is now compiling, publishing and responding to queries regarding recorded crime statistics. I have requested the CSO to provide statistics directly to the Deputy.