Drinkaware research found that 1 in 10 people in Ireland have driven a vehicle after consuming alcohol, while recent RSA figures showed that 1 in 2 pedestrians killed on our roads had consumed alcohol. Ahead of the October Bank Holiday weekend, we are calling on all road users to play a role in keeping Irish roads safe. We would also remind everyone that the new drink-driving laws are now in effect, meaning that all drink-drivers - without exception - will face an automatic disqualification.
This nationally representative research, conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes, also highlighted that 1 in 3 people would like to drink alcohol less often indicating a willingness to change behaviour. Bank holiday weekends are traditionally associated with increases in both opportunities to drink more alcohol than usual and increases in drink driving arrests, with most arrests occurring in the early hours of Sunday morning.
We are reminding anyone who drinks alcohol this long weekend that:
Drink driving arrests tend to peak over bank holiday weekends so if you are heading out this weekend, there are simple things you can do to help keep our roads safe. Above all, you can choose not to drink and drive. We would also encourage people to refuse a lift from someone who has consumed alcohol, even if it is a friend or family member. The risks are simply too great.
Here are some small changes you can make if decide to drink alcohol over the long weekend: