Friday 24 November 2017

Any opposition to name-and-shame drink-driving crackdown 'is an insult to my little boy' says mum of boy (4) killed by drunk driver

Gillian and Ronan Treacy with a photo of their son Ciaran
Gillian and Ronan Treacy with a photo of their son Ciaran
Ronan and Gillian Treacy, holding a picture of their four-year old son Ciaran, with Transport, Minister Shane Ross
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Road safety campaigner Gillian Treacy has described opposition to a crackdown on drink-driving as an "insult" to her son Ciarán (4), who was killed by a drunk driver in 2014.

Ms Treacy supports Transport Minister Shane Ross's bid to introduce an automatic three-month driving ban for motorists caught with an alcohol level of between 50mg and 80mg. She's been campaigning to highlight "the devastation drink-driving causes".

She hit out at opposition to Mr Ross's plan, saying: "It is an insult to my little boy, losing him, my injuries and all the people who have lost people through drink-driving."

A statement from the Vintners' Federation of Ireland - which is opposing Mr Ross's bill - said publicans were aware of the impact of drink-driving tragedies, "not least the awful crime committed against the Treacy family".

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It said the man convicted in that case had consumed nine pints and was four times over the legal limit. The statement criticised Mr Ross's bill for not targeting such drivers.

"It is self-evident the sort of person who drinks nine pints before driving will not be influenced by this legislation." It argued greater enforcement of the current law would have a greater impact.

Irish Independent

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