From...Drink driving limit to be reduced
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
New anti-drink and drug driving initiatives are to be included in the Road Safety Strategy to be introduced later this week by the Taoiseach.
A reduced drink driving limit will be introduced, but it has not been decided by how much.
The Road Safety Authority is currently looking at the matter and is expected to make a recommenation to the Minister for Transport in the coming weeks.
Ireland's current legal limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood or urine is the second highest in Europe.
The new Road Safety Strategy also includes rehabilitation courses for repeat drink driving offenders and roadside drug tests in the form of field impairment tests.
RTÉ News: Drink driving limit to be reduced
By all accounts on the news, the drink driving limit will be reduced to 50mg/100ml in the new year.
For the past few years here, random breath testing has come into effect. This means that the Gardaí (police) here can pull over anyone at random with no reason for suspicion etc, and breath test them. Failing to provide a breath test is also an offence but the problem for many people is the fact that you can do all the right things the night you go out.
You can get a taxi/lift etc to and from the pub/club and comply with the law to the best of your abilities but should you have to drive somewhere the following day, you may run into a DUI checkpoint where every driver is tested and you could be caught then .
Lowering the limit increases what was already a risk to someone heading to work the next morning even if they had a drink at home the night before and had no intention of drink driving.