Fines for road traffic offences set to double

Regulations that will double fixed charges relating to key road safety offences including speeding, phone use and non-wearing of seatbelts, are set to be introduced.

This will see the fine for speeding increase from €80 to €160, while the fine for using a mobile phone while driving or for not wearing a seatbelt will double to €120.

Fines will also be doubled for other offences that put the safety of vulnerable road users at risk.

The announcement was made recently by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton at the Road Safety Authority (RSA ) and An Garda Síochána’s mid-summer road safety appeal.

The Minister said that increasing fines for these offences “will act as a stronger deterrent to those who break our lifesaving rules of the road”.

It was also announced that 61 new speed camera zones have become operational, bringing the total number nationwide to 1,373.

Between January and mid July this year a total of 88,368 motorists were detected speeding, according to Garda statistics.

The highest number of monthly fatalities in 10 years was recorded in August of last year, with a total of 22 deaths. This year has already seen a 42 per cent increase in fatalities compared to the same period in 2021.

98 people have been killed on Irish roads so far this year, which is a massive increase of 23 deaths on the similar period last year


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