Thursday 21 September 2017

'The law is an ass... for some reason, drink driving often ranks equally with less serious offences' - Shane Ross

As our roads turn into the 'wild west', it is a scandal that drunk drivers can keep their licences, writes Shane Ross

'Ireland remains ambivalent about drinking and driving. The law is sympathetic to offenders. It ranks first-time culprits as merely minor sinners. In reality, they are potential killers.' Stock photo: Depositphotos
'Ireland remains ambivalent about drinking and driving. The law is sympathetic to offenders. It ranks first-time culprits as merely minor sinners. In reality, they are potential killers.' Stock photo: Depositphotos

Shane Ross

'You can stuff your penalty points up your jersey, minister," muttered the fictional punter in the pub.

I am dreading the day I slip out for a break in a Dundrum pub. A totally sober customer accosts me. He has been given three penalty points that morning. He is irate. Three penalty points for 'failure to leave an appropriate distance between him and the vehicle in front'. He uses some pretty colourful language.

The indignant punter demands that I, as Minister for Transport, change the law. Probably retrospectively, but certainly immediately!

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