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Irish government pass bill to disqualify motorists over limit from driving

The Irish Government has given its approval to a bill that will see motorists disqualified from driving if they are found guilty of drink driving.

The General Scheme of a Road Traffic (Fixed Penalty – Drink Driving) Bill 2017 has been approved by the Cabinet and will be submitted to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel for formal drafting, with a view to its publication.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross said “What I am proposing is that the existing provision allowing people to get penalty points rather than a disqualification for drink driving sends the wrong message and should go… Instead of three penalty points, such drivers will get a three-month disqualification.”

Research conducted by the Road Safety Authority cites alcohol as a contributory factor in 38% of fatal collisions in the four-year period examined and in a six-week period over Christmas and the New Year, the Garda Síochána’s drink driving campaign resulted in 961 arrests for drink driving, a 35% increase in arrests on the same period a year previous.


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