Changes in safety legislation coming down the road
> A new, lower drink-drive limit of 50mg per 100ml of blood -- the equivalent of less than a pint of beer -- is being rolled out in a matter of weeks. Those caught at levels between 50mg and 80mg will get just three penalty points and an on-the-spot fine of €200.
> Motorists will only be allowed to use this lower penalty regime once in a three-year period. If caught a second time, they will go to court.
> As first revealed in the Irish Independent on March 22, gardai are at an advanced stage with plans to carry out US-style roadside checks on suspected drug drivers from next month.
> The new tests include hand-eye-coordination tests, such as getting drivers to stand on one leg or placing a finger on the nose, and examination of the eye to check for dilated pupils.
> Talks are under way between the Department of Transport and insurance companies about allowing them access to the offences committed by drivers to get penalty points. This would lead to increases in premiums for offenders, such as drivers who get penalty points for drink driving.