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Learner drivers jailed for driving alone this year

Over 630 people have been fined so far in 2014.

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TWO LEARNER DRIVERS were jailed this year for driving alone.

No L-plate holders were jailed for driving without a fully-licenced driver being present last year, but one person was imprisoned for this reason in 2012.

From January – October 2014, 632 learner drivers received fines for driving unaccompanied.

Some 660 and 674 drivers were fined for the same reason in 2013 and 2012 respectively.

Nobody received both a fine and imprisonment.

The figures were recently released by Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, in response to a parliamentary question asked by Fianna Fáil Deputy Timmy Dooley.

Fitzgerald said she has been informed by An Garda Síochána that ’Operation Learner Driver’ is conducted regularly with a particular focus on learner permit holders “with a view to ensuring compliance with the conditions of holding such a permit, as well as improved road safety generally”.

“I understand that this operation was conducted on a quarterly basis during 2014 and that targeted enforcement measures with respect to learner drivers will continue to be applied into the future,” the minister stated.

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