MacSharry questions falling number of penalty points

The legacy of declining Garda numbers is negatively impacting road safety with the number of penalty points issued to offending drivers in June of this year less than they were at the end of the same month in 2009.


That’s according to the Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Transport, Tourism, and Sport,  Sligo/ Leitrim TD, Marc MacSharry.


Figures release to Deputy MacSharry have confirmed that there has been a fall of nearly 20% in points issued for road traffic offences in 2019 compared to the figures recorded from ten years ago.


This is despite 14 new penalty point offences being introduced since 2014.


Speaking to Ocean FM news, Deputy MacSharry says the decrease in points being issued is down to falling Garda numbers in the road policing unit.