Speeding cases thrown out as motorists claim they did not receive fines

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

DOZENS of motorists who were caught speeding at locations around the city avoided convictions and penalty points at Limerick District Court, after they claimed they had not received fixed penalty notices in the post.

DOZENS of motorists who were caught speeding at locations around the city avoided convictions and penalty points at Limerick District Court, after they claimed they had not received fixed penalty notices in the post.

A total of 39 prosecutions were listed for hearing relating to speeding offences which happened on dates during last December and January.

According to court papers, the offences were detected at locations such as the N18 Limerick to Shannon dual carriageway, the N69 near Castlemungret and at the R463 near Ardnacrusha.

All of the detections were made by the private company, which operates the GoSafe network of speed detection vans.

The prosecutions, which only relate to motorists who did not pay fines, were the first to come before Limerick District Court since the roll-out of the privately operated speed cameras last November.

Just a handful of the 39 cases listed proceeded and a total of three motorists were each fined €100.

A number of cases were adjourned until September and over half of the cases were struck out by Judge Eamon O’Brien after the defendants said they had not received the fixed penalty notice in the post.

The judge commented it was “very strange” that so many people had not received fixed penalty notice.

“There is an awful lot of missing post in Limerick,” said the judge who suggested that “we may have to have An Post here the next day”.