Paying highest price for drink-drive dysfunction
Shane Ross's crusade to impose a mandatory driving ban on all motorists convicted of drink-driving is further proof of our dysfunctional relationship with alcohol. And nowhere is that dysfunction more apparent than in Government. Mr Ross argues compellingly that 38pc of road deaths over a four-year period were alcohol related. But he undermines any prospect of the Bill being carried by supporting a free vote on the issue.
There are times, and one would have thought that matters of life and death would be a case in point, when there is really only one right thing to do.
But in the country that brought you one million phantom breath tests we should not be surprised that drink-driving is still not being taken seriously.