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328. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of drivers that availed of the third payment option and paid a fixed charge notice for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone per Garda division in each of the years 2018 to 2020 and to date in 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53718/21]

Answer

Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware the Garda Commissioner is responsible under the law for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, which includes operational decisions relating to road traffic matters.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the table below sets out the number of instances, by Garda division, in which a Fixed Charge Notice (FCN) was issued for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone and the FCN was not paid.

2018 2019 2020 2021
Cavan/Monaghan 62 59 41 -
Clare 60 37 45 -
Cork City 107 83 61 18
Cork North 58 70 53 -
Cork West 38 42 35 -
D.M.R. Eastern 69 54 37 -
D.M.R. North Central 34 31 33 -
D.M.R. Northern 52 73 47 -
D.M.R. South Central 68 73 46 -
D.M.R. Southern 75 50 40 -
D.M.R. Western 100 89 84 -
Donegal 31 47 40 -
Galway Div 202 133 112 11
Kerry 71 71 52 16
Kildare Div 87 67 95 12
Kilkenny/Carlow 100 66 81 21
Laois/Offaly 83 65 58 15
Limerick 178 144 55 -
Louth Div 35 26 56 -
Mayo 52 82 57 -
Meath Div 41 34 68 -
Roscommon/Longford Div 39 31 23 -
Sligo/Leitrim 48 46 - -
Tipperary 43 49 58 -
Waterford Div 79 50 61 31
Westmeath Div 24 24 29 11
Wexford Div 98 92 97 17
Wicklow Div 59 56 42 10
Total 1993 1744 1515 206

The above figures are based on incidents which occurred from 01 January 2018 to 31 October 2021, inclusive. All information contained in this report is based upon operational data from the fixed charge processing system as was available on 3 November 2021 and is liable to change.
Court proceedings are initiated where a fine is not paid within the required timeframe. A third payment option is available where the fine can be paid up to a number of days before the court date. The fine will be double the original fine.
The figures provided include all cases where a fine of €120 was paid (double the original fine amount of €60).
Figures for groups with less than 10 records have not been included.