Thursday 18 January 2018
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D. today welcomed the passage of his Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 through 2nd Stage in the Dáil.
Minister Ross said; “I welcome the overwhelming support shown today in the Dáil for the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017. Since work on this bill commenced, I have appealed for widespread support for it- it is about saving lives. Despite strong lobbying by vested interests, this support has been evident across the country; ordinary members of our communities, both rural and urban, the RSA, the Irish Road Victims Association, PARC, the AA and many political parties and groups within the Dáil. While I was disappointed to hear of Fianna Fáil’s opposition to this life-saving bill, I do welcome their decision today to abstain from the vote, perhaps signalling a shift in their stance.”
“Road safety has been my number one priority since becoming the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport. There is no one panacea to preventing deaths on our roads. We know the main causes, and yet dangerous behaviour continues. That is why it is so important to send a clear message- driving over the current alcohol limits is a serious offence and will result in disqualification.
Lives will be saved by this important legislation.”
Note for Editors:
The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 will remove an anomaly in the law which allows people who are found driving over the alcohol limit to receive penalty points rather than a disqualification. This Bill will replace the current 3 penalty points with a 3-month disqualification.
A survey of public opinion conducted by B&A for the RSA just after this proposal was announced, found that 91% of public supported the view that there should be automatic disqualification for all drivers detected driving over the limit. These figures broke down into 89% in urban areas and 93% in rural areas.