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Clare is lowest in Munster for Covid-19 related fines

Garda statistics show only 418 Covid breach penalties GARDA statistics in relation to Covid-19 fines indicate that Clare is the most compliant county in the Southern region. Over the course of 2021 to-date, 418 fines were issued in Clare out of a total of 6,041 in the region. These were imposed for breaches of regulations, including the holding of house parties and travelling without a reasonable excuse. The figure for Clare represents the lowest number of financial penalties issued in any of the divisions in the South. By comparison, there were 429 fines issued in Kerry up to the end of April; 525 in Tipperary; 544 in West Cork; 745 in North Cork; 1,270 in Limerick and 2,100 in Cork City. An analysis of fines issued in Clare in the month of April shows the average number was five per week. As the phased re-opening of society and the economy continues, Kilmurry McMahon native and Deputy Garda Commissioner, Anne Marie …

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Tougher measures for cycle offences

Legislation is being introduced at the end of the month for €40 fines for cyclists who commit road traffic offences. “Following consultations with the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána, I have decided to extend the fixed charge notice system to cyclists for seven of the 36 existing road traffic offences. These include breaking a red light, failure to have a front lamp or rear lamp lit during lighting-up hours and cycling without reasonable consideration.This new measure is intended to promote safe cycling practices and to discourage dangerous cycling,” Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe said. The months of May through to September represent the most dangerous months for cyclist injuries and fatalities. Last year 13 cyclists were killed on our roads, while this year to date, three cyclists have lost their lives. Minister Donohoe said, “The introduction of fixed charge notices for motorists has been hugely successful in changing driver behaviour and I am confident that a similar change in …

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