Tuesday 23 October 2018

Why one in five drivers must now be breathalysed

Breath test
Breath test
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has come out in support of a major report which calls for as many as 20pc of all drivers to be breathalysed next year.

The RSA backing was by way of response to the publication of the Policing Authority-commissioned Crowe Horwath report that looked into issues in the falsification of breath-test numbers by gardai.

On Page 2 today, an RSA expert says: "The recommendation in the Crowe Horwath report that a minimum of 20pc of motorists be breath tested annually, must be actioned immediately. And it needs to be independently verified."

He adds: "The lack of investment in An Garda Síochána over the last 10 years must be addressed immediately. A robust mechanism, independently verified, to audit all road safety activity of the gardaí, and not just the recording of breath tests must also be put in place."

• Do you agree that one in five motorists should be breath tested? Let us know: ecunningham@ independent.ie

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