Supporting Rural Ireland

The changes to drink driving legislation being proposed by the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 will see a change to the penalties for drivers who are caught drink driving at blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels between 50-80mg. This measure does not propose to lower existing limits. The measure will not change the behaviour or affect the majority of people in this country.

Currently 91% of all adults, rising to 93% among those living in rural areas, support the law being changed so that any driver caught over the drink driving limit would be automatically disqualified. Making this change will contribute to changing the behaviour of some drivers who to date have been slow to join the majority of the population.

 

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Currently 91% of all adults support the law being changed so that any driver caught over the drink driving limit would be automatically disqualified.

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93% of adults living in rural areas support the law being changed so that any driver caught over the drink driving limit would be automatically disqualified.

Far from shutting down rural Ireland, making drink driving offences an automatic disqualification will protect the lives and wellbeing of our families, neighbours, friends and work colleagues in our communities. It is important to understand the range of issues facing rural Ireland, including rural transport, social inclusion and sustainable communities.

Promoting the safe use of roads in rural Ireland is an integral policy measure to protect and sustain such rural communities. The issues are important but the solution is not to be found by allowing people to drink and drive.

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