Addressing a cross-border problem.

Today’s Sunday Times reports, Penalty points for cross-border speeding abuses, that Martin Cullen ( Minister for transport) and the Irish Attorney General will be using European legislation to close a loop-hole which allows Irish drivers to escape getting penalty points on their licenses if caught speeding in the United Kingdom.

I would hope, although some Unionists might not be enthusiastic, that the UK will follow suit in respect of drivers caught speeding in Ireland.

Apparently there is a particular problem in the border counties-

“Safety groups say the anomoly encourages motorists from either side of the border to speed while driving outside their jurisdiction. Counties Louth, Donegal and Cavan have particularly poor road-safety records. Conor Faughnan of the AA, referring to the poor road safety records of these counties, said a “zone of recklessness” existed around the border. He said the figures suggested motorists from Northern Ireland believed they could “get away” with speeding when in the republic. “

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