Court Summons, driving without due care & attention

Drakon

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Can I suggest putting €100 in the poor box ...


There was a huge controversy regarding “the poor box” a few years ago. I don’t think there is any official legal thing as the poor box, a throwback to a bygone era.



However, if you wanted to avoid a court appearance I’m surprised the Garda didn’t give you the opportunity to do so. AFAIK before being asked to make a statement you could just have accepted the accusation and taken the punishment.



Dangerous driving is a two year ban. Careless driving is 5 points and €250 fine so I guessing “driving without due care” is, maybe 2 points and a €100? Thereabouts? Much like your poor box and unless you have already points, an even pair of points is nowt to worry about.
 

Leo

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However, if you wanted to avoid a court appearance I’m surprised the Garda didn’t give you the opportunity to do so. AFAIK before being asked to make a statement you could just have accepted the accusation and taken the punishment.
That's not the case, a judge has such discretion, a Garda does not.
 

Drakon

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Hmmmm, are you sure?

(Here I go again:)
In my case...
I knew absolutely NOTHING about the procedure.
When I reported it to the Gardai, “the courts” was the last thing on my mind. I thought the Gardai would put out a notice to Garda cars in the area to keep an eye out for the car in question, and if they saw it, stop it and scold the driver. And look up the registration on the Pulse system to see if the car had been “flagged” before.

But I digress...
I asked the Garda what would happen next. She said a Garda in the accused’s locality would inform him of the allegation.
The accused could then say, “yes, that happened, I admit to it”, and he’d get the punishment.
Or else he could go, “no, I deny”... which is what happened and the rest is history.
 

Drakon

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A bit like receiving a penalty points notice in the post, for say, speeding.
You either take the two points and pay your €80,
Or go to court and fight your case.
 

Drakon

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Y’know what it may have been.
Had he accepted it, he’d have gone to court to confirm and accept his punishment, and I would not have needed to give my statement.
 
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