Gardaí don’t have data on number of dangerous driving incidents which affects cyclists

Senior Gardai have told the Minister for Justice that they do not record the number of reports of careless and dangerous driving in a way that would show the number of those incidents where cyclists are impacted and compiling such data would be a “disproportionate expenditure of Garda resources”.

Dublin TD Jim O’Callaghan (Fianna Fail) asked a written parliamentary question seeking the “number of fines that have been imposed or prosecutions commenced in respect of careless and/or dangerous driving that is a threat to cyclists”

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In a written response Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee said: “As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended), the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the administration and management of An Garda Síochána, including the enforcement of road traffic legislation. As Minister, I have no role in such matters.”

She added: “I am informed by the Garda authorities that the figures requested by the Deputy are not maintained in the format requested and that to compile this information would involve a disproportionate expenditure of Garda resources.”

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