How the new system will work
•The new punishment system for drink drivers will be rolled out next month when limit is cut from 80mg to 50mg per 100ml of blood.
•Drivers with a reading of between 50 and 80mg will get three penalty points and an on-the-spot fine of €200, but avoid a court summons, conviction and driving ban.
•This lower penalty regime applies only once in a three-year period. If caught a second time, they will have to go to court.
•Drivers with between 80mg and 100mg will get a conviction, an on-the-spot fine of €400 and a six-month ban. Under the current system, the ban would be 12 months.
•Drivers above 100mg will appear in court where they face a minimum one-year ban, a conviction, and a fine of up to €5,000.