Each year, Drinkaware join the European Day Without A Road Death – Project EDWARD campaign, which takes place on 26 September. The aim is to encourage all road users to reflect on their behaviours and attitudes to improve road safety across Europe. We signed up to the Project EDWARD road safety pledge, which includes a promise to never drive after drinking alcohol.
Drinkaware strongly supports official guidance from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána that any amount of alcohol will impair your ability to drive and increases the risk of a collision. This is not an opinion it’s a scientific fact.
DRINK DRIVING IN IRELAND
In Ireland, drink driving remains an issue on our roads. So far in 2019, there has been 8% increase in the number of people arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant, with alcohol the most common detection.
- Alcohol is a factor in 38% of all fatal crashes
- Over 150 drivers are arrested each week for drink driving
- 12% of all drink driving arrests occur between 8am and 2pm
In 2018, we were proud to join the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross TD and the RSA in support of the collective campaign to introduce stronger penalties for drink driving in Ireland. As of Friday 26 October 2018, ordinary fully licenced drivers detected by An Garda Síochána with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of between 50mg and 80mg, will receive an automatic disqualification from driving of three months and a €200 fine.