85 per cent spike in motoring offences
SPEEDING offence detections increased by 85 per cent in 2014 while there was a 43 per cent increase in driving while holding a mobile phone crimes.
Chief Superintendent John Roche said there were four fatalities on the county's roads in 2014, down from seven in 2013.
He expressed concern at the high level of speeding detections and the huge number of people being detected using a mobile phone while driving in the county.
'We have a 40 per cent reduction in the number of staff out there on traffic duty and yet offences are up.'
Supt Roche said the Garda traffic corps is under staffed at the moment.
7,145 motorists were detected speeding by Go Safe Garda vans and non intercept vans last year compared to 3,863 in 2013, making for an 85 per cent increase.
There was also a 1 per cent rise in the number of motorists stopped by Gardaí, from 860 in 2013 to 865 in 2014.
248 people were detected for drunken driving, compared to 271 in 2013, making for an 8 per cent reduction, while 664 motorists were caught driving without a seat belt, up 36 (6 per cent) on 2013.