Tuesday 19 September 2017

Shane Ross wants to 'name and shame' drink-drivers

Shane Ross. Photo: Arthur Carron
Shane Ross. Photo: Arthur Carron
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

TRANSPORT Minister Shane Ross has said he plans to introduce a system for "naming and shaming" motorists who are disqualified for drink driving.

His remarks come as he continues his bid to automatically impose three-month driving bans for those caught with a blood alcohol level of between 50mg and 80mg per 100ml.

Mr Ross today  called on groups representing publicans to "get off the pitch" and for Fianna Fáil to support his BIll which will be voted on in Leinster House after the summer recess.

He said the measure will "undoubtedly save lives" and also outlined plans for other road safety legislation he intends to introduce.

He said: "We're absolutely committed to... looking at anything that saves lives at all.

"We will have name and shame legislation - certainly the heads of the Bill introduced before the end of the year.

"Hopefully we'll get the legislation into the Dáil very soon after that."

He said the naming and shaming would apply to motorists who have been banned for drink driving, but didn't rule it out for other offences such as speeding. 

Meanwhile, Mr Ross said he will be considering proposals to introduce tax breaks for publicans who agree to ferry their customers home at night.

The junior minister in his Department, Fine Gael's Brendan Griffin, is exploring a number of measures for publicans ahead of the Budget including in the area of Vehicle Registration Tax.

Asked about the proposals Mr Ross said: "We're very happy to look at any constructive suggestions along those lines."

Readers' reaction

Going after the person with one pint will not lessen road deaths. More garda patrols at night to monitor speeding and erratic driving will yield far better figures.

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What about naming and shaming people who break the speed limit? Accidents occur for a multitude of reasons but the common cause in 99% is speed.

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Should convicted child molesters living in your community be named and shamed. Most Court cases are reported on local newspapers, that is naming and shaming drink drivers.

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A ban yes but naming will cause problems for their families and children bullying is bad enough as it is usually local papers carry court cases

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Johnnyboy

I really don't understand why there's all the debate. It's very simple. If you drive after taking a drink you deserve all you get. It says a lot for your decision-making if you do.

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The judge

Half the adult population of the country is over the limit till at least noon the following day after a night of even moderate drinking, mass enforcement of this proposed law would bring the country to a standstill.

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Erictherealred

3 months ban????? 10 years would be proper. This country is so so lax on driving offences. Drink, speed and mobile device usage should be hit heavily. €1000 euro fine for a first offence and subsequently higher penalties for further breaches. And banning and prison if it continues. Zero tolerance all the way

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Mickheno

Any person that drives to a pub with the intention of having alcohol should be banned for life from driving, There should be no excuse to drive when public transport literally passes by most peoples front door. ZERO alcohol limit is where it should be, not 1 pint or 2 pints. If you are caught lifetime ban and a fine of a few thousand, their details should then be passed onto every insurance company in the country and balcklisted. Legal system in this country is a joke.

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Hanno2

Name and shame is not the problem. The problem is criminalising decent people. Way, way OTT.

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No they should be banned from driving for life why should there family's be humiliated

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