Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (525)

Peter Burke


525. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of convictions for an offence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19605/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions, which include the provision of information on the courts system.

However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that it cannot provide the level of detail sought by the Deputy in respect of motorists who were convicted in 2017 and 2018 for having 50-80 milligrams of alcohol per 100mls of blood, 80-100 milligrams of alcohol per 100mls of blood and 100 + milligrams of alcohol per 100mls of blood. The Courts Service does not record the level of alcohol in the blood.

I have asked the Courts Service to provide a figure for the overall number of convictions for the offence of driving with excess alcohol in blood and I shall provide this directly to the Deputy once it is to hand.