May 18, 2021

Conviction rates for drivers caught in Waterford without a licence among lowest in Ireland

Conviction rates in county Waterford for people driving without a licence are among the lowest in the country with less than one in 12 prosecuted in the courts.

New figures released show that just 7% of people caught in Waterford driving without a license were dealt with through the courts.

The national average was more than two-and-a-half times more than the Waterford figures – 19% nationally, less than one-in-five caught being prosecuted.

Only two counties had lower conviction rates than Waterford. Just one in every 25 people in counties Cavan and Monaghan caught were dealt with through the courts.

Prosecutions rates were highest in county Cork with a 30% prosecution rate, Kilkenny and Carlow were next with 29% of those caught being prosecuted.

The information was released in parliamentary questions posed to Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and revealed the conviction rates dealt with through the courts from January 2016 until September 12, 2019.

The information released found 80% of those convicted were fined, 10% were handed a driving ban, while just 4% were jailed.

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