17 new questions to be added to the Driver Theory Test
From October, 17 new questions will be added to the Driver Theory Test.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) says questions on drinking and driving will be included on the Driver Theory Test for motorcycles, cars and work vehicles.
This is in direct response to a report issued by the RSA earlier this year which showed that drink-driving is still a significant road safety issue, particularly among some young people.
The main Driver Theory Test Question Bank will have 17 questions on alcohol and driving. Two of these questions will be presented in each of the changed tests from October 10, 2016. The overall format of the test will not change.
Some of the questions include:
Which gender was more likely to drink and drive and be involved in a fatal collisions?
According to the pre-crash Report which days of the week were people more likely to drink and drive and cause a fatal collision?
Answer: Saturday and Sunday
What is the minimum blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level at which a learner or a novice driver is committing an offence?
What type of fatal collision was a person more likely to be involved in when drink driving?
Answer: Single vehicle
Which age group has the highest number of drivers causing fatal collisions where alcohol is a factor?
Answer: 16 - 24 years
What is the maximum disqualification period imposed in court where the learner driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level in excess of 80 mg?
Answer: Six years
Transport Minister Shane Ross said: "It's critical that we reinforce key road safety behaviours at every stage of the learning to drive process, from theory to practice.
"The addition of drink-driving as a subject area in the first stage, the Driver Theory Test, will help to remind learner drivers that this behaviour is unsafe, irresponsible and destroys lives."
Click here to view the full list of questions.