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25/09/2021

Drivers doing dangerous speeds should get bigger fines and more penalty points - Naas judge

Judge Desmond Zaidan
There should be a sliding scale for speeding fines depending on how much over the limit the driver is, a judge said. Judge Desmond Zaidan was speaking at Naas District Court during road traffic cases including one in which a motorist was detected driving at 59kmh in a 50kmh zone near Kildare town. The judge said that the level of speed above speed limits matters because higher levels cause much more serious accidents on roads. He said: "At the moment in law, every speed which is over the limit is regarded as the same. "But the higher the speed the higher the fine should bed and the higher the number of penalty points should be." Referring to the number of speeding cases which are contested in court, he added: "The administration of speeding laws in Ireland is not water-tight." The judge continued: "The government will be debating the issue 'til the cows come home. "I can't change the law myself."

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