Tuesday 25 April 2017

Time for a measured approach to tackle drink-driving menace

Government plans to curb drink-driving are misinformed, writes Vintners' Federation Ireland President Pat Crotty

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Pat Crotty

In last week's Sunday Independent Minister for Transport Shane Ross was being mischievous when, speaking about a fictional punter he might encounter in a Dundrum pub, he stated "three pints is equal to three penalty points".

This is patently false. If the Minister's fictional friend were to consume three pints of beer and then on the way home was stopped and breath tested he would, in all probability, be slapped with an automatic driving ban. It is highly dangerous for a Government Minister, or anybody else, to suggest otherwise.

Be clear on this - this Federation and its members do not condone drink-driving and those engaged in such activity should face the full rigours of the law without exception. What is lost in the current debate is the fact that automatic disqualification for drink-driving already exists. If you are caught with over 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in your system the law is clear - you are banned.

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