Tuesday 18 June 2019

'Speeding legislation will save lives' - Ross

Minister for Transport Tourism & Sport Shane Ross TD during the Christmas and New Year road safety campaign 2018 by the Road Safety Authority at CHQ, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Minister for Transport Tourism & Sport Shane Ross TD during the Christmas and New Year road safety campaign 2018 by the Road Safety Authority at CHQ, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

Transport Minister Shane Ross hopes to bring his new speeding legislation to Cabinet colleagues in the next two weeks.

It follows stricter drink-driving laws that were introduced earlier this year.

At the time, Mr Ross accused a number of rural Independent TDs, including Michael and Danny Healy-Rae, of filibustering the legislation - a charge they repeatedly denied.

The Independent Alliance TD said he expects the speeding bill to receive Dáil backing, and that despite a slight drop in road deaths on last year, it's not enough.

"Speeding is a killer, drink-driving is a killer. They both kill in almost equal amounts," Mr Ross said.

He said the latest legislation would mean the faster you go, the more penalty points you would receive.

"I hope to bring it to Cabinet next week or the week after," he said.

Asked what he would say to his Leinster House colleagues who opposed the drink-driving bill, Mr Ross said: "Just to back off, just to consider the families whose loved ones have died, just not to take any more notice of vested interest groups. Let the legislation through and save lives."

He said he hoped TDs would approve it and that it would be "utterly reckless" for them to oppose the move.

When contacted by the Irish Independent for comment, Michael Healy-Rae - who was against the drink-driving legislation - said he was so far unaware of what legislation Mr Ross would be proposing, but that he would analyse and scrutinise it before making any decision.

Attempts to contact Danny Healy-Rae on the issue last night were unsuccessful.

Irish Independent

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