Friday 20 September 2019

Heartbroken mother takes her road safety plea to Dáil

Deputy John Halligan with Christine Donnelly
Deputy John Halligan with Christine Donnelly

Ralph Riegel

A mother who lost her son in an horrific accident caused by a drunk motorist who drove the wrong way down a busy motorway has taken her road safety campaign to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Christina Donnelly has devoted her life to getting Ireland to enact the so-called 'Brendan's Law' for tougher sentences and driving bans for drunk motorists who cause fatal accidents.

The campaign demands a minimum six-year prison term for drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents.

It also wants longer disqualification periods.

Yesterday, Christina met Mr Kenny after Dáil question time and highlighted the need for a road safety crackdown.

Christina lost her son, Brendan (24), and his best friend, Lee Salkeld (25), in a head-on collision in 2009 caused by a driver over the alcohol limit and travelling "like a bat out of hell".

"I don't want any other mother or father to go through the hell that we have endured every day for the past six years. No parent should have to endure it," Christina said.

"This campaign is not about bitterness or revenge. It is about protection and prevention. I don't want any parent to get that terrible knock on the door from the gardaí."

"For years we have had information campaigns and TV adverts about not drinking and driving. But people still insist on getting behind the wheel drunk."

Christina now wants Brendan's greatest legacy to be a change in Irish driving habits and a tough new crackdown on drink driving.

Irish Independent

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