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06 October 2017

RSA launches website in support of new drink driving bill

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has today Friday 6 October, launched a website, to provide factual information on drink driving in Ireland and to dispel the many myths and misinformation in relation to the problem of drink driving in Ireland.

The new site, www.drinkdriversdestroylives.ie, is being launched to support the proposed change to strengthen drink driving penalties contained in the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017. It features factual information outlining the road crash data, scientific research on the impairment effects of alcohol on driving. 

The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 proposes a change to the penalties for drivers who chose to drink drive at blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels between 50-80mg. The Bill does not propose to change Ireland’s drink drive limits.

Under the proposed legislation, drink driving offences committed at BAC levels between 50mg and 80mg will incur an automatic disqualification of 3 months instead of the current penalty of a €200 fine and 3 penalty points.

Commenting on the new website, Ms, Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the Road Safety, said: “The website drinkdriversdestroylives.ie has been developed to provide the public, elected representatives and the media access to facts in relation to drink driving. It has also been created to counter the myths, and distorted facts that have been put into the public arena by vested interest groups and individuals. Interest groups that have ignored the pleas of victims’ families to support the introduction of the new measures and turned the perpetrators of drink driving offences into victims. The proposed change in legislation increases the penalties so offenders will lose their licence at a lower alcohol level than currently. This is vital if we are to have an effective deterrent that changes the behaviour of the small group of people in this country who continue to drink and drive.”

“I urge the public to take a few moments out of their day to visit this useful and informative website and familiarise themselves with its content. I believe that the facts and data on the site will convince people of the merit in the proposed change to drink driving penalties. The site also provides downloadable social media banners for users to show their support for the bill, and I would urge people to show their support by downloading them and sharing.”

Mr Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport said; “I welcome the RSA’s new website in support of my Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017. Astonishingly, many vested interest groups and their supporters continue to deny the factual evidence about drink driving, turn their faces away from the traumatic experiences of road traffic victims and more specifically, distort information which proves that this legislation needs to be introduced. I urge politicians, publicans and the general public to access this user friendly site, inform themselves of the facts, support this Bill and help to save lives on our roads.”

The information contained on the www.drinkdriversdestroylives.ie site includes:

  • Drink Driving – Fast Facts
  • Alcohol as a factor in road crashes
  • Every victim has a story
  • Attitudes towards drink driving in Ireland
  • Drink Driving Enforcement
  • The Morning After – what happens?
  • Supporting Rural Ireland
  • Drink driving best practice

The site also features national and international research into the impairment effects of alcohol, incidence and impact of drink-driving. Recent and historical drink driving campaigns, and provides downloadable social media banners for users to show their support for the bill.

Please visit https://www.drinkdriversdestroylives.ie/

Up to Friday 6 October 2017 a total of 118 people have lost their lives in fatal road crashes. This is a decrease of 23 fatalities compared to the same date in 2016.

RSA Welcomes Support for Drink-Drivers to Receive Automatic Disqualification from Drinkaware

Thursday 12 October 2017: The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has today Thursday 12 October 2017, welcomed the statement from Drinkaware supporting the proposed legislation to disqualify any drivers found to be over the alcohol limit.

Drinkaware has announced this week its support for the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017. In a statement, Ms Niamh Gallagher, CEO of Drinkaware said the organisation’s role is “to promote safe and responsible drinking among adults” and “driving while under the influence of alcohol is not responsible”.

The findings of a Drinkaware survey that almost nine of ten adults agree that any amount of alcohol impairs driving ability is absolutely consistent with RSA-commissioned research from January and February of 2017.

Welcoming Drinkaware’s support of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017, Ms. Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, RSA said: “The RSA commends Drinkaware on its decision to support this life saving Bill, it is a significant and progressive move by them. There are a small minority of motorists who continue to choose to drink and drive, despite the fact the overwhelming majority of people in this country do not believe it is acceptable behaviour. Stricter penalties are required to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol and make our roads safer. We ask all public representatives to also come out in support of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 and use their power to pass this life-saving legislation. 

In addition to road safety victim support groups, Drinkaware are among a growing number of bodies and public voices supporting this life saving legislation including the European Transport Safety Council, the AA, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland to name but a few.

The RSA has launched a new site, www.drinkdriversdestroylives.ie, to support the proposed change to strengthen drink driving penalties contained in the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017. It features factual information outlining the road crash data, scientific research on the impairment effects of alcohol on driving. 

The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 proposes a change to the penalties for drivers who chose to drink drive at blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels between 50-80mg. The Bill does not propose to change Ireland’s drink drive limits.

Under the proposed legislation, drink driving offences committed at BAC levels between 50mg and 80mg will incur an automatic disqualification of 3 months instead of the current penalty of a €200 fine and 3 penalty points.

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