Wednesday 18 October 2017

Ross: person with experience of tragedy needed on RSA board

Transport Minister Shane Ross during a Press Briefing at Buswells Hotel, Dublin following a meeting between the Committee on Transport Tourism & Sport & Road Saftey bodies on Road Safety Strategy at Leinster House, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Transport Minister Shane Ross during a Press Briefing at Buswells Hotel, Dublin following a meeting between the Committee on Transport Tourism & Sport & Road Saftey bodies on Road Safety Strategy at Leinster House, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Transport Minister Shane Ross wants someone with "personal experience" of the tragedies on Ireland's roads to serve on the board of the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

He was speaking as members of the Irish Road Victims Association backed his plan to crack down on drink-driving. Mr Ross didn't name any individuals but said: "It would be absolutely right to have someone on the board who is committed to road safety in a very personal way."

Some rural TDS are resisting his plan to bring in three-month disqualification from the roads for motorists caught with between 50mg and 80mg of alcohol in their system.

The current punishment is three penalty points and a fine.

Mr Ross said it would be "extraordinary" if there was opposition to a measure which was "obviously going to save lives".

Among those backing the proposal yesterday were Gillian and Ronan Treacy, whose four-year-old son Ciarán was killed by a drunk driver in 2014.

Irish Independent

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