Monday 21 January 2019

Graded penalty points for speeding drivers will save lives, says Ross Newsdesk Newsdesk

Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, has said that road-users will face a graded system for penalty points for speeding offences in an effort to put dangerous drivers off the road sooner.

"What I want to do is to have a similar system to the breathalyser system whereby the points system is staggered and you get a larger punishment the further up the scale you are," he told RTÉ's News at One.

"I think that offenders should be getting far more points and getting closer to disqualification far more getting them off the roads and saving lives," he said.

He said that he has not ruled out banning motorists first-time offenders being put off the road if their speed is dangerous enough.

However he said that the specifics of the legislation, due to be introduced later this year, are still being examined.

The minister said the message is getting through that offenders will be caught.

The proposed speeding legislation comes as the Government is set to introduce stricter drink-driving laws, which will see a three-month mandatory ban for drivers found to have reached an alcohol limit of between 50-80mg per 100ml.

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