An average of 20 learner drivers get penalty points every day for speeding.
That's according to freedom of information figures, which highlights an astonishing figure of 2,122 penalised for the offence between January and July.
Furthermore, 238 learners received penalty points for holding a mobile phone while driving, during the same seven-month period.
Speaking about the figures, Brian Farrell from the Road Safety Authority has emphasised just how dangerous an offence this is.
"You're four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash if you're holding a mobile phone while driving", he said.
"You can't operate and use a mobile phone and drive a car, operate the controls, listen out for any road user cues.
"It may take something like getting points and a fine for people to wise up to the fact that using a mobile phone while driving is just not a safe combination."
Learner permit drivers are disqualified from driving if they accumulate seven penalty points.
Penalty points remain on your licence record for three years, and any period where your licence is out of date.