Councillor calls for no penalty points for those barely over the speed limit

Cllr for Kerry County Council Johnny Healy-Rae, (IND) Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD ©

Motorists who break the speed limit by just a few kilometres – and haven’t been caught speeding previously – should evade penalty points, and get off with a warning.

That’s the view of Kerry County Councillor Johnny Healy-Rae, who says numerous people have contacted him about this issue.

He says there are several places in Kerry where motorists are found exceeding the speed limit, but usually only by a few kilometres.


In one instance recently, an elderly woman got penalty points for barely exceeding the limit three times on one day.

Cllr Healy-Rae, who wants the council to write to the Justice Minister on this issue, says the old system where Gardai could use their discretion, worked a lot better: