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L-drivers may get ‘speed limiters’

A number of strict new penalties for reckless drivers are being introduced by the Road Safety Authority.

LEARNER DRIVERS WHO drive recklessly will face a raft of strict new sanctions in court.

New measures are being introduced to discipline learner and inexperienced drivers who speed, do not wear seatbelts, or overtake dangerously.

Under the new regulations a judge will have the power to introduce a “speed limiter” in a driver’s car. They will also be able to impose a curfew on a reckless driver, or restrict the use of a person’s car to driving lessons only.

The introduction of compulsory lessons with an approved driving instructor aims to ensure learner drivers are exposed to best driving practices.

Privatised speed cameras are also due to be installed across the country by the end of this year.

The Road Safety Authority has introduced the new measures as part of a reform of driver training and licensing aimed at reducing the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities on Irish roads.

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The comprehensive reforms were developed after concerns were raised about the existing penalties for careless driving being inadequate. Fining drivers was seen to be ineffective as, in many cases, a young person’s parents pay.

Many of the Road Safety Authority’s reforms have been approved by Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey.

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