Road safety campaigners have criticised high numbers escaping conviction for driving offences

Road safety campaigners are hitting out at the number of people escaping punishment for using a mobile phone while driving.

Road safety campaigners have criticised high numbers escaping conviction for driving offences

Road safety campaigners are hitting out at the number of people escaping punishment for using a mobile phone while driving.

According to the Courts Service, more than 15,000 drivers were sent a court summons for related offences between January 2013 and March 2015.

However for various reasons, 71% were not convicted.

Independent TD Tommy Broughan has told the Irish Times that the penalty points system needs a 'root and branch' review.

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