Drink Driving Enforcement
DUI Arrest figures for the first 7 months of 2017
DUI Arrests are up 15% this year-to-date, according to the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána’s provisional review of road fatalities for the first half of 2017. Seven out of eight months so far this year have seen more arrests than the same month last year, with April and May 2017 showing the highest arrest levels for at least three years.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Arrests 2017 and 2016.
New research shows that roads policing is moving in the right direction
In 2017, the RSA commissioned independent research company Behaviour & Attitudes to conduct research on Garda enforcement of road safety.
When asked about enforcement, 1 in 3 Irish adults recall passing through a Garda Checkpoint on at least a monthly basis in recent months. The corresponding figure in 2013 was almost one in four. So clearly, in the view of drivers, there has been an increase in Garda enforcement.
78% believe the Government should prioritise funding of An Garda Síochána to support their efforts to enforce road safety laws. A level of support largely consistent with previous years.
An overwhelming 9 out of 10 said they trusted An Garda Síochána to conduct breath-tests. Showing that the public’s trust in the efforts of the Gardaí to tackle drink driving have not been negatively impacted.
Furthermore 97% of those polled agreed with the statement that the Gardaí have a vital role to play in making Irish roads safer for all. The findings indicate that when it comes to policing road safety laws, we are moving in the right direction.
Table 1: Current fixed penalty notice regime under s. 29 of the Road Traffic Act 2010 for drink driving offences at specified Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limits
|Normal driver||Learner, Novice & professional drivers||Disqualification Periods/Penalty Points|
|1st offence within 3 years||2nd or subsequent offence|
|BAC Limits||20+ to 80mg||3 Months (& €200)||N/A – straight to court|
|BAC limits||50+ to 80mg**||3 Penalty Points
(& €200 charge) **
|N/A– straight to court|
|BAC Limits||80+ to 100mg||6 Months
(& €400 charge)
|N/A– straight to court|
The current regime under s. 65 of the Act – Court based system is summarised in table 2 below – where a driver is not eligible for fixed penalty notice or chooses to go to Court instead of accepting fixed penalty notice.
Table 2: Current consequential disqualification periods and penalties by the Courts under section 65 of the Road Traffic Act 2010 for drink driving offences at specified (BAC) limits
|Normal driver||Learner, Novice & professional drivers||Minimum disqualification periods for 1st offence within 3 years||Minimum disqualification periods for 2nd or subsequent offence|
|BAC < 80mg||50+ to 80mg||20+ to 80mg||6 Months||1 year|
|BAC > 80mg||80+ to 100mg||1 year||2 years|
|100+ to 150mg||2 years||4 years|
|150+mg||3 years||6 years
In addition to disqualification, regime for court fines & imprisonment: Maximum fine of €5000 and/or 6 months in prison.
** under the new Bill, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport is proposing to replace the 3 penalty points for 3 months disqualification so that in future all motorists detected driving over the limit will receive a driving disqualification.