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What's the point of penalty points challenges Crowe

4 May, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Transport Seán Crowe TD questioned the effectiveness of the penalty points system in the Dáil today. He put it to the Transport Minister Séamus Brennan that "resources were being wasted" on motorways and areas where accidents were less likely to occur than on cracking down on rogue drivers. This he said fuelled the publics suspicion that the penalty points system was more about earning revenue than saving lives.

Deputy Crowe said:

"Too much money and Garda resources are being put into checkpoints on motorways or in areas where accidents are less likely to occur. This is like shooting fish in a barrel in terms of revenue collection but does nothing to cut down on accidents that primarily happen off these major routes. This in-turn fuels the public's growing suspicion that it is more of a money-spinning exercise than a life saving one.

"People are increasingly concerned about speeding cars in housing estates, on bad bends and dangerous roads. This is where Garda cameras and speed checks need to be placed. I welcome the Minister's acknowledgement of this reality.

"What we need now is joined-up Government thinking on this issue. The Minister for Transport must in conjunction with the Minister for Justice ensure that resources are properly managed and focused on stopping those who are responsible for the carnage on our roads through dangerous driving and not those who may inadvertently stray a few miles per hour over the limit." ENDS

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