Category: Road Traffic Offences

  • Mandatory Breath Testing-Your Obligations Under the Road Traffic Acts

    The Road Traffic Act, 2006 introduced mandatory random breath testing. This act allows a member of an Gardai (not below the rank of inspector) to authorize a checkpoint in a public place. Section 4 of the above Act obliges you to 1.  Provide a sample of your breath for the purposes of establishing the alcohol…

  • Drink Driving In Ireland-What You Need to Know

    The two most common offences prosecuted in the courts in Ireland to do with drink and driving are sections 49 and 50 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961. Section 49 deals with driving or attempting to drive a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant which includes both alcohol and drugs. This is commonly…

  • Dangerous Driving and Careless Driving-What’s The Significant Difference?

    Dangerous driving and careless driving are serious offences in Irish road traffic law. A less serious charge is driving without reasonable consideration as set out in section 51A(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1961. There is no definition in law of “driving without reasonable consideration” but it is generally considered to be acting like a…

  • Driving Without A Licence | Driving Without Insurance

    Some common road traffic offences on the roads in Ireland are set out below together with the penalties and any possible defences. Driving without a licence This offence is contained in Section 38 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961 and basically states that you cannot drive or allow another to drive your vehicle in a…