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Drivers in Kerry pay €66,000 in fines for mobile phone offences

Jul 2, 2020 09:07 By radiokerrynews
Drivers in Kerry pay €66,000 in fines for mobile phone offences Drivers in Kerry pay €66,000 in fines for mobile phone offences
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Drivers in Kerry paid over €66,000 in fines last year for using a mobile phone while driving. An Garda Siochana can impose fixed charge

Drivers in Kerry paid over €66,000 in fines last year for using a mobile phone while driving.

An Garda Siochana can impose fixed charge notices on people for a range of offences, including speeding, parking in a disabled parking space or using a mobile phone while driving.

The Road Traffic Act 2006 prohibits a person from holding a mobile phone while driving a mechanically propelled vehicle in a public place.

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Information released by An Garda Síochána though the Freedom of Information Act shows an increase in the amount of money collected in the Kerry Garda Division for drivers caught using a mobile phone while driving.

During 2019, there were 977 detections of drivers using a mobile phone while driving in the division; this is up 94 on the previous year.

In monetary terms, drivers in the Kerry Garda Division paid €66,030 in fines for this offence, over €6,000 more than in 2018.

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