No more half measures - let's call time on drink driving once and for all
The Garda PR machine swung into overdrive at the weekend after the strong public and political backlash at the sharp rise in the numbers killed on our roads last year.
A total of 188 people perished in traffic accidents in 2016, a rise of 26 on 2015. That is 188 mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, colleagues and friends left grieving due to the depressing upward trend in road fatalities.
In what appeared to be a cynical attempt at putting a gloss on the alarming figures, an RTÉ film crew was invited to accompany gardaí on their first ever traffic checkpoint on the M50, the country's busiest road, on Friday night. You would think from watching the news report that the Garda were on a "blitz".