Just 4% of drink driving convictions in Louth led to licences being endorsed

Just 4% of drink driving convictions in Louth led to licences being endorsed

Just 4% of drink driving convictions in the local District Courts resulted in licences being recorded for endoresment in Co Louth in 2015 and 2016.

That’s according to new figures from the Courts Services which were published in today’s Irish Times.

Louth’s figure for recording the offences on a licence was the lowest in the country, ahead of Limerick and Kerry, who were both at 6%.

It is essential that licences are recorded in court to ensure penalty points are endorsed on them in the case of disqualification to ensure it is enforceable.

Reasons licences might not be recorded include drivers failing to bring them to court, issues with the recording of licences and convictions where drivers have failed to appear in court.

Earlier this month Talk of the Town revealed how 11 drink driving offences were struck out at Dundalk Courthouse in the last two years due to non-service of a summons.

Four offences were struck out in 2015 and seven in 2016 due to summonses not being served on offenders.

In the same period there were two cases struck out in Ardee, one in 2015 and one in 2016 and 18 in Drogheda – 11 in 2015, 6 in 2016 and one so far in 2017.

Minister for Justice Frances FitzGerald said at the time they were working to improve the numbers avoiding offences.

“It should be noted that a working group was established by An Garda Síochána to examine how the rate of summons serving can be improved and to regularly monitor the level of summons service throughout the country. While this group has reported improvements in the rate of successful service of summons, challenges remain in relation to effecting service of summons in certain circumstances, relating to such matters as inaccurate address data, persons moving address, or living in multi-occupancy dwellings or other settings which make service difficult.”

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