Garda in Donegal have over-reported breath tests in the county by 61%, it has been revealed as details of the breath test scandal come to light.
In Donegal, 128666 tests were recorded where only 79899 were actually carried out between 7th June 2009 – 10th April 2017. This shows an over reporting of 48767 tests.
These figures were reached by comparing the number of breath tests recorded on the PULSE system with the number recorded on the Drager test devices.
A report on Wednesday revealed a discrepancy of 1,458,221 breath tests between the Dräger count and the
PULSE count nationally, which reflects a 71% disparity.
The report references a number of factors which cause the inaccuracies, including deficiencies in technology and data controls, resources, supervision, policy and procedures and training.
Tipperary and the Dublin region showed the highest discrepancies. There was a difference of 385% in records in Tipperary. Wexford had one of the lowest numbers at 18%.
The examination released this week did not discover any behaviour that would merit criminal investigation.
All incidents identified with inflated breath test figures have been referred to Regional Commissioners for further examination/investigation as deemed necessary.Tags: