— Over 350 brought to court for cycling by red lights last year in Dublin alone
Over 3,200 people were summoned to Irish courts for cycling road traffic offences between 2003 and 2013.
The lack of a system of “on-the-spot fines” or fix charge notices for cycling offences means that gardai must bring bicycle users to court. The same gardai must be present when the case comes before the courts.
The new data, which was combined by IrishCycle.com, is based on new figures released yesterday by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and provisional Garda information announced by the head of Dublin’s Garda Traffic Corps last week.
Chief superintendent Aidan Reid told RTE Radio One: “The fine for cyclists is [up to] €750 and last year we brought over 350 cyclists who breached red lights to court.”
He added: “A high number of those were prosecuted with significant fines, one got a fine over €400 — so there are significant fines. We will be out this months and next month with a strong campaign.”
Figures released by the Central Statistics Office: Total number of recorded incidents where cycling related charges and summons, 2003-2012:
NOTE: All figures are provisional and may be subject to change. NEC = not elsewhere classified.
Most of the incidents since 2003 related to charges and summons counted as ‘general road and traffic’ offences, such as breaking red lights or cycling on footpaths. ‘Dangerous or negligent acts’ include: dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm, driving/in charge of a vehicle while over the legal alcohol limit, driving/in charge of a vehicle under the influence of drugs, and endangering traffic offences. Under the road traffic acts a cyclist is a “driver” and a bicycle is a vehicle.