Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Breathanalyser Prosecutions.

11.

asked the Minister for Justice the number of prosecutions that have taken place under legislation governing the breathanalyser since 21 July 1978, the number of prosecutions for each county and the fines, if any, imposed by the courts in addition to automatic suspensions.

A total of 7,821 prosecutions were instituted under sections 49 (2) and (3) and 50 (2) and (3) of the Road Traffic Act, 1961 and under sections 12, 13 and 14 of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act, 1978, between 21 July 1978, when the 1978 Act was brought into force, and 31 December 1979. Statistics of these offences are compiled on the basis of Garda divisions rather than county. The details are set out in a tabular statement which, with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle, I propose to have circulated in the Official Report.

The information sought in regard to fines imposed could only be compiled by the allocation of considerable staff resources, which would not be warranted.

Garda Division

Prosecutions under s.49 (2) and (3) of the Road Traffic Act, 1961 (substituted by s.10 of the Road Traffic (Ammendment) Act, 1978)- Driving or attempting to drive mechanically propelled vehicle, alcohol concentration above prescribed limits

Prosecutions under s.50 (2) and (3) of the Road Traffic Act, 1961 (substituted by s.11 of the Road Traffic (Ammendment) Act, 1978)- Being in charge of mechanically propelled vehicle, alcohol concentration above prescribed limits

Prosecutions under s.12 of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act, 1978— Refusing to provide preliminary specimen of breath.

Prosecutions under s.13 or s.14 of the Road Traffic (Ammendment) Act. 1978— Refusing to provide or permit taking of blood/urine specimen at Garda Stations.

1978*

1979

1978

1979

1978

1979

1978

1979

Carlow/Kildare

29

182

16

1

7

4

9

Cavan/Monaghan

34

297

2

9

9

23

9

68

Clare

6

99

1

3

9

3

9

Cork East

90

543

3

17

11

43

25

85

Cork West

26

107

1

4

3

6

9

13

Donegal

52

240

40

8

24

9

45

D.M.A.

465

1,489

50

57

94

152

117

203

Galway West

27

181

1

8

3

12

4

33

Kerry

38

224

9

20

5

13

Laoighis/Offaly

21

92

2

3

4

15

Limerick

7

134

4

2

19

7

29

Longford/Westmeath

46

219

3

10

3

11

7

13

Louth/Meath

21

245

3

10

8

36

12

42

Mayo

18

227

8

6

26

9

36

Roscommon/Galway East

24

137

3

8

6

17

9

20

Sligo/Leitrim

26

132

3

8

3

18

5

21

Tipperary

28

112

13

1

3

12

5

15

Waterford/Kilkenny

23

140

1

5

6

26

3

22

Wexford

7

132

2

2

1

13

1

12

Totals

988

4,932

85

219

170

477

247

703

* The 1978 figures cover the period from 21/7/1978 to 31/12/1978.