Thursday, 1st October 2015
“Each week at least one Garda vehicle is rammed while carrying out official duties. My new Bill addresses this crime and suggests implementing a custodial sentence on those who commit the crime”, says Fine Gael TD for Kerry and Member of the Oireachtas Transport Committee, Brendan Griffin.
“The Ramming of Garda Vehicles 2015 Bill aims to make it a specific crime to deliberately ram Garda vehicles or vehicles being operated by Gardaí in the course of their duty.
“This Bill provides for the imposition of custodial sentences of up to ten years if the person is found guilty.
“I believe that there needs to be a greater deterrent for those who are committing these crimes. It is simply unacceptable that ramming Garda vehicles has become so common. According to the most recent figures for the period from 2010 to 2013 there were 244 instances of Garda vehicles being rammed; that’s more than one per week.
“We need to do everything possible to protect Gardaí and to tip the scales back in support of An Garda Síochána as they seek to apprehend suspected criminals in the course of their daily duties.
“I am hopeful that my Bill will be supported as it makes its way through the Houses of the OIreachtas as I believe this is an important issue that needs to be addressed urgently.”