Calls for reform of courts system as findings show only 48% of drink driving offences resulted in conviction

There are calls for reforms of the courts system, after a finding that only 48% of drink driving offences resulted in a conviction in the District Court last year.

A report by RTÉ Investigates also revealed major regional differences in prosecution rates for drink driving.

The courts in Westmeath had an 85% prosecution rate, while in Waterford it was just 34%.

Meanwhile, 43% of all District Court summonses were not served in 2015.

Labour Party justice spokesperson Sean Sherlock says a new approach is needed.

He said: "Proper training for judges, proper continual professional development and coherence between Gardaí, the Department of Justice and the courts service (are needed)."

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