Sunday 23 April 2017

Please support drink-driving laws and make our roads safer

Breath tests deter drink-drivers. Photo: Collins
Breath tests deter drink-drivers. Photo: Collins
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

This week, the Oireachtas Transport Committee resumes its scrutiny of the Road Traffic (Fixed Penalty - Drink-Driving) Bill 2017. The bill does not change current alcohol limits. What is being changed is the penalty for drivers convicted of drink driving with a blood/alcohol concentration of 51mg to 80mg.

The bill has met strong opposition from certain vested interests - especially from the vintners, who have a history of opposing reforms to drink driving for decades.

Fortunately, the publicans of Ireland do not determine the laws of Ireland. That responsibility rests with our political parties.

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