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Garda car dangerous driving

Please ask your Lawman what if a Garda car broke traffic light and collided with you?

The driver of certain public service vehicles such as a Garda car, a fire engine or an ambulance is immune from criminal prosecution for breaking the rules of the road, even if it is dangerous driving. What they are not exempt from is the civil law of negligence and breach of duty. In other words, if they are negligent (like driving on the wrong side of the road with siren blaring and lights flashing) and collide with a car, the State is responsible for compensation to the injured parties in the other car.

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