Published on October 29th, 2019 | by sligoadmin


Sligo Penalty Points Shame

Sligo drivers are third from bottom of a national table showing penalty points.


The national average is 16% and our fair county hit 13.5% out of 43,602 licences. This even represents a decrease of 10% from the previous year (2017). Roscommon drivers are worse than us. How could such a thing happen to the drivers of Sligo? The shame of it.


Local politician – Seanie Murphy-O’Donnell isn’t taking it lying down. He took to the airwaves today to berate our drivers – “It’s just not on lads,” he later told SligoSligoNews, “ye’re falling way behind the national average. Get your act together and get us up those tables.”


Laois and Wexford clocked up the highest number of penalty points at the end of last year with nearly 20% of drivers in those counties receiving points. The figures were published by the CSO. Seanie asked them to go back over their figures and check for mistakes. However a spokesperson for the Road Safety Authority and the Department of Transport – who gathered the figures –  said “No.”


Seanie however hasn’t given up hope for Sligo motorists and put forth the argument that perhaps a low level of enforcement could skew the figures. The Guards have admitted the number of officers dedicated to road policing has fallen from 744 at the end of last year to 648 in September.

Other “interesting” stats to have emerged include –

  • Male drivers incur twice as many endorsements as females
  • The average motorist drove 16,990km in 2018
  • Roscommon motorists have the highest “mileage” at 20,301km
  • Dublin drivers have the lowest mileage at 14,027km

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