Tuesday 05 July 2022

On your bike: Over 21,000 cyclists fined for using their phones

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Police have handed out over 21,300 fines to cyclists caught using their phones without a hands-free system in the last six months of 2019, traffic violation figures show.

Phoning or using Whatsapp while cycling has been banned since July 2019 and subject to a fine of €95.

In the period between July and October, 9,200 cyclists were fined but the total went up to 12,000 in the last three months of the year. The justice ministry said increased police surveillance accounted for the rise.

The total number of traffic fines went down from 9.2 million in 2018 to 8.4 million last year. The 9% drop is a result of ever-busier roads which is curbing speeding, the ministry said. Drivers are also alerted more often to the presence of speed cameras while some cameras had been switched off because of roadworks.

Four in five of all fines handed down to motorists last year were for speeding.

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