Any TD holding us back is putting lives in danger, say bereaved mums
Politicians who stand in the way of zero tolerance to drink-driving are endangering lives, the mother of a road crash victim has said.
Gillian Treacy, who has been appointed to the board of the Road Safety Authority (RSA), warned that dangerous drivers and those who drive under the influence of alcohol need to be put off the roads.
Ms Treacy's four-year-old son Ciaran was killed by a drunk driver in Co Laois in 2014. She was given the RSA role by Transport Minister Shane Ross, along with another prominent campaigner Donna Price.
Ms Price's 18-year-old son Darren was killed in a car crash in March 2006. She founded the Irish Victims' Association six years later.
Ms Treacy called on TDs to support legislation that would result in an automatic disqualification for anyone caught driving above the drink-driving limit, a move being resisted by some rural TDs.
She said: "Any TD who's holding us back ... is putting other people's lives at danger. We need to eradicate these drunk drivers, dangerous drivers off the roads.
"Anyone who goes against this bill is an insult to my little son Ciaran and any other family that has lost a loved one through the actions of a drink-driver or a dangerous driver."
Ms Price added: "We can't understand our public representatives basically advocating people to break the law. It's a crime to drink and drive, yet they're advocating that it's fine to have a couple of glasses and get behind the wheel. You have freedom to do as you please in your own life, but you don't have the right to endanger others."
She added: "To lose a child to an incurable disease is one thing, but to lose a child to something preventable is soul-destroying. We're now compelled (to do something)."
Mr Ross said he was "delighted" that the new board members were active in road safety advocacy.
"Their bravery in the face of personal tragedy has already inspired others and made many aware of the significant dangers on our roads. Their passion and their personal experiences will drive the board to take further measures in the pursuit of saving lives," he said.