Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (512)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

512. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 1129 of 18 September 2013, if the report referred to in the reply is now to hand. [5129/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have now received a report from the Garda authorities that 12 drivers involved in a fatal collision in 2011 and 7 in 2012 held a learner permit. I am further informed that up to 22 November, 2013, 8 drivers involved in a fatal collision in that year held a learner permit. It should be noted that the figures provided are provisional, operational and liable to change. Road safety continues to be a priority issue in An Garda Síochána's Policing Plan 2014 and involves targeted enforcement measures focussed on high risk behaviour. Specific Garda operations are undertaken with a particular focus on the learner driver to increase awareness and compliance with the overall objective of achieving a sustained reduction in the number of fatal and serious injury collisions on our roads.