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  • During 2014, a total of 233,130 penalty point endorsement notices were issued, an increase of 10.8% on the previous year. Over three quarters (77.1%) of the penalty point endorsement notices issued in 2014 were for speeding.

  • Males incurred more penalty point endorsement notices than females in 2014. In cases where gender was recorded, males incurred 122,808 (62.6%) penalty point endorsement notices while females incurred 73,397 (37.4%).

Penalty endorsement notices by offence type, 2013
Speeding 77.1
Driving a
vehicle while
holding a
mobile phone
11.1
Other11.9
Penalty point endorsement notices by offence type, 2014
Speeding 77.1
Driving a
vehicle while
holding a
mobile phone
11.3
Other11.6
Table 3.1 Key figures for penalty point endorsement notices, 2013 and 2014
   Number and rate
Offence type20132014% Change 2013-2014
    
Endorsement notices by gender   
Male111,415122,80810.2
Female65,85973,39711.4
No gender recorded33,12536,92511.5
   
Total endorsement notices issued210,399233,13010.8
    
Sources: Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and Road Safety Authority

                

Table 3.2 Number of penalty points1 by county as at 31 December 2013 and 2014
 
Licensing authority20132014% Change 2013-2014
Carlow9,0479,7147.4
Cavan9,4549,8253.9
Clare22,51023,3773.9
Cork70,02476,9029.8
Donegal15,01815,5553.6
Dublin169,388168,264-0.7
Galway31,74937,97419.6
Kerry17,48018,9858.6
Kildare37,01836,572-1.2
Kilkenny14,52415,1854.6
Laois9,66310,73411.1
Leitrim4,8965,56113.6
Limerick30,39231,2812.9
Longford6,6066,8974.4
Louth15,36615,5861.4
Mayo13,97816,02414.6
Meath29,58829,084-1.7
Monaghan6,3707,34915.4
Offaly9,93211,49215.7
Roscommon10,55011,5289.3
Sligo9,44810,41010.2
Tipperary21,44024,45814.1
Waterford16,10216,003-0.6
Westmeath13,25315,24415.0
Wexford20,61423,02711.7
Wicklow24,62424,9841.5
    
Total639,034672,0155.2
    
No driver number / no Irish licence2376,93676,266-79.8
    
1 Penalty point offences are recorded on the offender’s driving licence and remain on the licence for a period of three years.
 2 For 2013, the figures presented include offences for those who hold foreign driving licences or where no driving licence
   number was supplied. In those cases, the period that the offence was on the current driving licence did not count down
   and therefore remained as a current offence. From 2014, this practice has been changed to count down penalty points.
Source: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

                                     

Table 3.3 Top 20 penalty point endorsement notices issued, 2013 - 2014
    Number and rate
Offence typePenalty points on paymentPenalty points on conviction20132014% Change 2013-2014
   
Speeding 35162,304179,82210.8
Driving a vehicle while holding a mobile phone 3523,29126,33713.1
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M1 Vehicle 355,0055,55711.0
Driving without reasonable consideration 243,2873,4505.0
Fail to obey traffic lights 353,5193,340-5.1
Use vehicle without NCT certificate 351,8772,95557.4
No insurance - (user) m*52,3642,78617.9
Cross continuous white line/broken white line 351,2051,2776.0
Fail to comply with prohibitory traffic signs 241,3591,131-16.8
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N1 Vehicle 3552779250.3
Driver Fail Restrain Child O/3 in Child Restraint 3552162720.3
Careless Driving 3538750630.7
Driver Fail ensure Passenger U/17 wear Safety Belt 3541547815.2
22-35mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath 3..34438511.9
Dangerous Driving Reduced to Careless Driving 353753811.6
Entry to hatched marked area 1332436913.9
Driver Fail Restrain Child U/3 in Child Restraint 3529132311.0
Offence relating to Overtaking 3526131721.5
No cert of road worthiness user 3527431113.5
Fail to comply with traffic lane markings 1318822921.8
      
m* Mandatory court offence    
Sources: Road Safety Authority and Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

                                     

Table 3.4 Number of penalty point endorsement notices issued by gender and county, 2014
    Number
CountyFemaleMaleNo gender recordedTotal
   
Carlow1,3351,887 3,222
Cavan1,1491,956 3,105
Clare2,9104,102 7,012
Cork8,01614,370 22,386
Donegal1,7803,140 4,920
Galway5,2118,389 13,600
Kerry2,4403,965 6,405
Kildare4,1276,513 10,640
Kilkenny1,8352,799 4,634
Laois1,1512,045 3,196
Leitrim751945 1,696
Limerick3,6045,488 9,092
Longford6181,146 1,764
Louth1,6182,644 4,262
Mayo2,1183,282 5,400
Meath2,9454,809 7,754
Monaghan9641,568 2,532
Offaly1,3942,391 3,785
Roscommon1,3612,199 3,560
Sligo1,4051,814 3,219
Tipperary3,3184,847 8,165
Waterford1,6422,966 4,608
Westmeath1,9563,049 5,005
Wexford3,5574,940 8,497
Wicklow2,6874,237 6,924
Dublin13,50527,317 40,822
No licence/ no Irish licence36,92536,925
     
Total73,397122,80836,925233,130
     
Source: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

                                     

Table 3.5 Number of penalty point endorsement notices issued by gender, 2007 - 2014
    Number
YearFemaleMaleNo gender recordedTotal
     
200777,547249,1975,614332,358
200876,140242,7914,371323,302
200983,127194,62546,933324,685
201073,706174,31237,421285,439
201179,109136,03642,419257,564
201274,478125,78538,808239,071
201365,859111,41533,125210,399
201473,397122,80836,925233,130
     
Source: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

                                     

Table 3.6 Number of penalty point endorsement notices issued by gender and age, 2014
     Number and rate
Age profileFemaleMaleNo gender recordedTotal% of total
      
Under 21 1,0283,4354,4631.9
21 to 25 5,33610,38415,7206.7
26 to 30 8,31912,85421,1739.1
31 to 35 10,64216,38227,02411.6
36 to 4010,25215,69025,94211.1
41 to 459,90815,01024,91810.7
46 to 508,58413,18621,7709.3
51 to 554,86011,10015,9606.9
56 to 606,9358,81315,7486.8
61 to 653,4016,63410,0354.3
over 65 4,1329,32013,4525.8
Date of birth not recorded  36,92536,92515.8
      
Total73,397122,80836,925233,130100.0
      
Source: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

                                     

Table 3.7 Top 20 offences for penalty point endorsement notices issued to males by age group, 2014
        Number
Offence descriptionAge (years) 
Under 2121 to 2526 to 3031 to 4041 to 5051 to 6566 and overTotal
         
Speeding 2,1297,0688,98422,87321,53222,0338,39493,013
Driving a vehicle while holding a mobile phone 2881,3932,1595,6083,8062,15227415,680
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M1 Vehicle 2204834678496686422093,538
Driving without reasonable consideration 294384252536367294952,222
Fail to obey traffic lights 1202432225304983731162,102
Cross continuous white line/broken white line 641157820319615145852
Use vehicle without NCT certificate 67144149190103577717
Fail to comply with prohibitory traffic signs 22658619717714818713
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N1 Vehicle 17556716914313129611
No insurance - (user) 761379214476375567
22-35mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath 4342663557435291
Driver Fail Restrain Child O/3 in Child Restraint 4144211657236262
Entry to hatched marked area 6142450704610220
Driver Fail ensure Passenger U/17 wear Safety Belt 1116205072365210
Offence relating to Overtaking 1319185237387184
Fail to comply with traffic lane markings 88114844313153
Driver Fail Restrain Child U/3 in Child Restraint 63219592492151
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N3 Vehicle  3103630474130
Fail to stop before stop sign/stop line 163293119164127
Driving along/across median strip 51693027225114
         
Source: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

                                     

Table 3.8 Top 20 offences for penalty point endorsement notices issued to females by age group, 2014
        Number
Offence descriptionAge (years) 
Under 2121 to 2526 to 3031 to 4041 to 5051 to 6566 and overTotal
         
Speeding 8054,1026,45516,95015,88613,8223,96361,983
Driving a vehicle while holding a mobile phone 926941,2332,6521,642708577,078
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. M1 Vehicle 3615015626217614720947
Fail to obey traffic lights 218110321420515418796
Driving without reasonable consideration 24867817115510143658
Use vehicle without NCT certificate 730579655222269
Fail to comply with prohibitory traffic signs 623279064534267
Driver Fail Restrain Child O/3 in Child Restraint 2143611050181231
Cross continuous white line/broken white line 626186450529225
No insurance - (user) 735484827101176
Driver Fail ensure Passenger U/17 wear Safety Belt 21716605710 162
Entry to hatched marked area  1212281813184
Driver Fail Restrain Child U/3 in Child Restraint 4121928124 79
Offence relating to Overtaking 36822129161
Fail to comply with traffic lane markings  3720712 49
Careless Driving 2551792444
22-35mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath  569139 42
Fail to stop before stop sign/stop line 377956 37
Adult Failing to wear Safety Belt cat. N1 Vehicle 13341011234
Driving along/across median strip 1333135 28
         
Source: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

                                     

Table 3.9 Top 10 penalty point endorsement notice offences for males by county, 2014
           Number
CountyTotal no. of penalty point endorsement notices issuedSpeedingDriving a vehicle while holding a mobile phoneAdult failing to wear safety belt cat. M1 vehicleDriving without reasonable considerationFail to obey traffic lightsCross continuous white line/broken white lineUse vehicle without NCT certificateFail to comply with prohibitory traffic signsAdult failing to wear safety belt cat. N1 vehicleNo insurance (user)
            
Carlow1,8871,547172672212631383
Cavan1,9561,54622534241213771121
Clare4,1023,00155721510338261773027
Cork14,37010,3862,32741725628414151453539
Donegal3,1402,50123589712134815334
Galway8,3895,8011,458368206116426598136
Kerry3,9653,1994118076226636154
Kildare6,5135,0498581441311223015302114
Kilkenny2,7992,22031887432015211132
Laois2,0451,5013106646192013889
Leitrim94581084177344 51
Limerick5,4884,358572172101532921122216
Longford1,14684314138276149 1222
Louth2,6442,188240393930171315145
Mayo3,2822,56640287412746841015
Meath4,8093,59571010867885820301822
Monaghan1,5681,25816722208203537
Offaly2,3911,712353845015202722718
Roscommon2,1991,62527498398231444814
Sligo1,8141,52616035277115753
Tipperary4,8473,986442137722935156627
Waterford2,9662,2213991125530231551716
Westmeath3,0492,2703931195430212543123
Wexford4,9403,91557217851151024102012
Wicklow4,2373,29148612462712036253111
Dublin27,31720,0983,4146015321,01610829444767166
          
Total122,80893,01315,6803,5382,2222,102852717713611567
            
Source: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

                                     

Table 3.10 Top 10 penalty point endorsement notice offences for females by county, 2014
           Number
CountyTotal no. of penalty point endorsement notices issuedSpeedingDriving a vehicle while holding a mobile phoneAdult failing to wear safety belt cat. M1 vehicleFail to obey traffic lightsDriving without reasonable considerationUse vehicle without NCT certificate Fail to comply with prohibitory traffic signsDriver fail restrain child O/3 in child restraintCross continuous white line/broken white lineNo insurance (user)
            
Carlow1,3351,2187414891131 
Cavan1,1491,0001117 612245
Clare2,9102,39829969184116510137
Cork8,0166,4791,00799132712514273110
Donegal1,7801,608861881621 74
Galway5,2114,104753855490157241111
Kerry2,4402,12221822714 211171
Kildare4,1273,579380344128899126
Kilkenny1,8351,57017230121934562
Laois1,1519491371381644824
Leitrim751697344 13 22 
Limerick3,6043,109316592524451061
Longford618515607763 452
Louth1,6181,488759131221431
Mayo2,1181,8611851481413372
Meath2,9452,5092903727221062112
Monaghan964850642126 1 54
Offaly1,3941,15114722520411196
Roscommon1,3611,16911125513411155
Sligo1,4051,30765571 1182
Tipperary3,3182,99021235618699113
Waterford1,6421,33918039193151144
Westmeath1,9561,666173455161314812
Wexford3,5573,119271726111313151
Wicklow2,6872,30223640291499567
Dublin13,50510,8841,422141334139117178342674
           
Total73,39761,9837,078947796658269267231225176
            
Source: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

                                     

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