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222. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice further to Parliamentary Question No. 200 of 12 May 2021, the number of drivers summoned to court for failure to pay a fixed charge notice within the statutory payment timeframe for the offence of holding a mobile phone while driving by District Court in each of the years 2018 to 2020; the number of drivers convicted per year per District Court and the penalties imposed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28495/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As the Deputy is aware the Garda Commissioner is responsible by law for the management and administration of An Garda Síochána, which includes operational decisions relating to road traffic matters.
For clarity, there are no summons issued for the failure to pay a fixed charge notice within the statutory payment window. A person who chooses to exercise their right not to pay the fixed charge penalty will be summonsed to Court for the offence for which the fixed charge notice was originally issued - in the case of the information requested, the offence of driving whilst holding a mobile phone.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the tables below set out the number of instances, by Garda Division, in which a party was issued with a fixed charge notice for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone and, in addition, a summons was issued and/or the case was sent to court.
Breakdown by division of the number of instances in which a party was issued with a Fixed Charge Notice for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone.

Division 2018 2019 2020
Cavan/Monaghan 1136 992 642
Clare 910 584 662
Cork City 1625 1333 1258
Cork North 1142 1170 928
Cork West 696 621 529
D.M.R. Eastern 1078 980 682
D.M.R. North Central 684 584 570
D.M.R. Northern 932 1235 962
D.M.R. South Central 973 1083 593
D.M.R. Southern 1113 1029 669
D.M.R. Western 1678 1599 1571
Donegal 460 613 578
Galway 2732 2253 1534
Kerry 1078 1119 806
Kildare 1591 1244 1601
Kilkenny/Carlow 1429 1122 1338
Laois/Offaly 1344 1041 814
Limerick 2524 2264 942
Louth 630 439 846
Mayo 717 1320 907
Meath 641 698 1250
Roscommon/Longford 714 614 421
Sligo/Leitrim 682 745 237
Tipperary 716 745 796
Waterford 1024 805 1090
Westmeath 443 351 355
Wexford 1620 1584 1237
Wicklow 862 939 657
Grand Total 31174 29106 24475
Breakdown by division of the number of instances in which a party was issued with a Fixed Charge Notice for the offence of driving while holding a mobile phone and, in addition, a summons was issued and/or the case was sent to court.
Division 2018 2019 2020
Cavan/Monaghan 138 132 106
Clare 116 69 110
Cork City 225 173 196
Cork North 124 147 146
Cork West 64 61 37
D.M.R. Eastern 129 121 95
D.M.R. North Central 127 112 120
D.M.R. Northern 163 221 196
D.M.R. South Central 139 197 104
D.M.R. Southern 193 167 168
D.M.R. Western 307 326 353
Donegal 55 60 90
Galway 277 271 203
Kerry 137 134 131
Kildare 197 157 260
Kilkenny/Carlow 135 143 188
Laois/Offaly 145 130 120
Limerick 363 294 188
Louth 73 73 159
Mayo 56 128 126
Meath 85 92 186
Roscommon/Longford 71 63 62
Sligo/Leitrim 64 63 28
Tipperary 90 94 136
Waterford 103 104 161
Westmeath 43 34 55
Wexford 198 166 151
Wicklow 106 109 117
Grand Total 3923 3841 3992
The above figures are based on incidents which occurred from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2020, inclusive. All information contained in this report is based upon operational data from the fixed charge processing system as was available on 04 May 2021 and is liable to change.
I am advised by the Courts Service that the tables appended to this answer set out the number of offences recorded and number of persons convicted for the offence of Driving while holding a mobile phone by District Court; and penalties imposed for the years 2018, 2019, 2020 and the period January to March 2021.
Table
In addition, a defendant may receive more than one penalty and will be listed twice in the report or a person may appear before more than one court area and will also be listed twice in the report.