Drinkaware supports proposal for Drink-Drivers to Receive Automatic Disqualification

Drinkaware supports proposal for Drink-Drivers to Receive Automatic Disqualification

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Drinkaware supports the proposal by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD to change the current legislation that allows people who are detected driving while over the alcohol limit to continue driving. In the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017, the legislation will be changed so that any driver found to be over the alcohol limit will receive an automatic disqualification. 

A survey of 1,000 adults conducted by Drinkaware in June 2017 showed that there was a high level of awareness of the dangers of drink-driving among adults, yet some continued to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, despite knowing the risks. The survey found that:

  • 88% of adults agree that any amount of alcohol impairs driving ability
  • 1 in 10 adults surveyed had driven after consuming alcohol in the previous 12 months
  • 70% of adults who admitted to drink-driving agree that any amount of alcohol impairs the ability to drive.

Ms Niamh Gallagher, CEO of Drinkaware said:

“We support the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport’s proposal to change road traffic legislation so that drivers found over the alcohol limit receive an automatic disqualification. Our research shows that although most adults know that alcohol impairs driving, 1 in 10 had consumed alcohol and driven in the past 12 months. Our role is to promote safe and responsible drinking among adults; driving while under the influence of alcohol is not responsible.”

Drinkaware has consistently communicated the message of the dangers of drink-driving through campaigns such as ‘Had Enough’ which encourages people to realise the impact of alcohol on their driving, and the ‘Morning After’ campaign which highlights the potential dangers of driving the morning after a night of drinking. Drinkaware also has a number of tools and resources available to help adults and young adults to make responsible and safe choices about drinking, see our website.