JUDGE DISMISSES ALL ‘GO SAFE’ VAN SPEEDING CASES

6 December 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

SIGNIFICANT RULING FOR MOTORISTS IN CAVAN AND MONAGHAN

IN A COURT RULING that will have significant implications for many of the speeding cases taken before District Court sittings in the Cavan and Monaghan area, Judge Sean MacBride dismissed 17 ‘Go Safe’ van prosecutions at Monaghan District Court on Monday, after finding, among other things, that the chain of evidence was “inherently flawed” and that there were defects in the serving of the summonses.

The judge indicated that he would accordingly be dismissing all such cases in his own court area, which covers the counties Cavan and Monaghan. The cases had all arisen from detections by Go Safe vans, which operate for a private company known as Road Safety Operations Ireland.

The company, which trades as Go Safe, was authorised to carry out such operations in a contract signed in November 2009 with the Minister for Justice and Law Reform and the Garda Commissioner (Go Safe speed detection vans are thereby distinct from those known as ‘Gatso’ vans, which are operated directly by gardai themselves).

Inspector John Joseph McDonald, of the Garda Fixed Penalty Office in Thurles (in whose name all Go Safe prosecutions are pursue …

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