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Saturday 20 October 2018

Drink-driving bill too late for victims' families

Catherine Flaherty from Connemara, Co Galway, with a picture of her sister Delia who died in a road traffic collision at the age of 33. Photo: Robbie Reynolds
Catherine Flaherty from Connemara, Co Galway, with a picture of her sister Delia who died in a road traffic collision at the age of 33. Photo: Robbie Reynolds

Robin Schiller

Families of road accident victims believe that the new drink-driving bill should have been brought in "years ago".

The proposed Road Traffic Amendment Bill would see anyone caught driving under the influence of alcohol automatically banned. It's hoped to be passed through the Dáil after Christmas.

But for many it is too late. Catherine Flaherty, lost her sister Delia (33) in 2011 after she was hit by a drink driver.

"I think that (the bill) should have brought in years ago," she said.

Leo Lieghio, whose daughter Marsia (16) was killed in a hit-and-run, said the penalty "might save a life."

Theys were marking the beginning of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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