13 per cent convicted in Kerry courts for driving while using phone

13 per cent of people brought before the courts in Kerry for not paying fines for driving with a mobile phone were convicted.

The figures were supplied to Independent Dublin TD Tommy Broughan following a question to Tánaiste and Justice Minister Francis Fitzgerald.

The data relates to the period from January 2015 to March of this year.

It shows that in that timeframe 389 people were listed to come before District Courts across Kerry for failing to pay a fixed charge notice relating to driving while holding a mobile phone.

Of these 389 people, 51 or 13 per cent were listed as being convicted.

However, just 27 driver licence numbers were recorded in court for the purpose of penalty points.

138 cases were stuck out because the summonses requiring drivers to appear in court had not been served.