Fianna Fáil Transport Spokesperson Timmy Dooley TD has welcomed the Court of Appeal’s overturning of a ruling saying that breath tests must be in English and Irish, saying it brings “much needed clarity.”
A ruling that breathalyser test statements were not valid if printed in the English language only had held up 1,400 alleged drink driving prosecutions and caused confusion over the last few months.
“This decision to overturn the previous ruling, which was essentially helping drink drivers evade punishment on a technicality has provided the much needed clarity that was sought by the public.
“There was a holdup of 1400 alleged drink driving offences due to this technicality, and it would be a ridiculous situation if these offences could not be proceeded with legally because statements were not valid if only printed in English. I welcome this common sense ruling and the clarity to the situation it has brought,” concluded Deputy Dooley.