Monday 16 September 2019

#HaveYourSay: readers give their verdict on strict new drink-driving proposals

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross Picture: Steve Humphreys
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross Picture: Steve Humphreys Newsdesk Newsdesk

Transport Minister Shane Ross brought the Road Traffic Amendment Bill before the Dail yesterday, which proposes that anyone caught driving with between 50 and 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood would automatically be banned from driving.

Minister Ross said less severe punishments for first time offenders, such as penalty points or fines, just aren't enough.

Speaking on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One today, he said: "People who are doing this and are over the level the next morning are still impaired.

"We cannot take any chances when it comes to alcohol when it comes to driving, we have to send out an absolutely clear message that there are no exceptions.

"If you are going to drive then you must not drink, it is as simple as that and if you make exceptions we'll open the floodgates for people to think it's okay to have one or two drinks and driving the next morning.

"This is about saving lives."

We asked our readers two questions today on the subject.

Firstly, do you think you have ever driven while you were over the drink-driving limit?

Almost 2,000 people voted and two out of three respondents said they believe they have driven while over the limit.

We also asked 'Would the potential new law of an outright ban make you reconsider getting behind the wheel?

In this case, over 2,000 people voted 2:1 that the tougher law would make them reconsider driving.

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