Drink Driving


    29 people have been arrested for drink and drug driving offences in Mayo this Christmas season, to date.

    Since the 8th December, 26 people have been arrested at locations across the county on suspicion of drink driving and 3 people were arrested for drug driving.

    Under new legislation any driver caught over the limit is banned from driving for a minimum of three months.

    Gardai in Mayo appear to be operating a record number of checkpoints this Christmas.

  • Anyone caught drink driving from midnight tonight will receive an automatic driving disqualification.

    Up until now, drivers caught with a blood alcohol concentration of between 50 and 80mg had a fine and penalty points imposed.

    The new provisions mean those drivers would be disqualified from driving for three months.

    Transport Minister Shane Ross says its an important change.

  • Drink drivers caught flouting the law will be put off the road with no exceptions.

    An amendment to The Road Traffic Bill was passed through the Dail this week.

    The tough new drink driving rules mean drivers could be banned even if they've only had half a pint of beer

    Previously, drivers faced a 200 euro fine and three penalty points.


    Gardai in Mayo have arrested eight motorists for drink driving inside the last month.

    That's according to Westport based Garda Tony McCabe who told Midwest News today that he can't understand why people are still choosing to drive while under the influence.

    Nationally, 790 people were arrested for 'driving while intoxicated' during the Gardai's Christmas and New Year road safety campaign.

    Between the 4th of December and 5th January, there were 10 deaths on the roads, compared with 16 for the same time last year.

    During the one month period, there were almost 15 thousand speed detections, over 1000 fixed charge notices issued for using phones at the wheel and over 300 issued for seatbelts.

    Garda McCabe has again emphasised to the general public to never drink & drive.


  • Four motorists were arrested by Gardaí in Mayo over the Bank Holiday weekend in respect of drink driving offences, according to the Connaught Telegraph.

    New laws came into force on Friday to impose an automatic driving disqualification on offenders.

    Up until now, drivers caught with a blood alcohol concentration of between 50 and 80mg had a fine and penalty points imposed.

    The new provisions mean those drivers would be disqualified from driving for three months.

  • A government Minister claims Garda enforcement of new drink driving laws is over the top.

    Independent TD, Tuam native Finian M Grath's called on the Garda Commissioner to intervene.


    In an interview with the Sunday Independent the Disabilities Minister Finian Mc Grath admits the government had to bite the bullet and introduce the new laws on drink-driving and unaccompanied learner drivers.

    However he has hit out at the manner in which the laws are enforced by Gardai.

    Minister McGrath says they are over the top and claims there is a political agenda in the way they are handled.

    The Minister is calling on the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to de-politicise anything like that in the force, as part of the reforms currently underway of policing in Ireland.

    Finian McGrath also claims Fine Gael Ministers were using the Transport Minister Shane Ross as a fall guy by people living in rural Ireland.

  • The Government is considering allowing convicted drink-drivers drive to work.

    Officials have been asked to examine a system in operation in New Zealand.

    In New Zealand a person can apply for a limited licence that would allow them drive at specific times for specific reasons.

    They must prove to a court their driving ban causes them extreme hardship or undue hardship to someone else.

    The Sunday Business Post reports that if the move was considered in Ireland it would be most likely in cases where people need their car in order to get to and from work.

    According to the paper Transport Minister Shane Ross would consider any such proposal from the Vintner's Federation of Ireland.

    Ireland's tough drink driving laws have seen automatic driving bans, fines and penalty points introduced for those caught over the limit.



    A lorry driver has been charged with a number of offences after a Garda breath test indicated he was eleven times over the drink-driving limit.

    The man was stopped when his articulated truck was seen driving on the wrong side of the road in County Roscommon yesterday.

    Gardaí found an open bottle of wine next to the driver, when they pulled him over in Cloontuskert, near the Longford border.

    The man was charged at Roscommon Garda station with two counts of dangerous driving and one of drink driving.

    He's due to appear in court at a later date.





  • The Road Safety Authority is appealing to people not to drink and drive on St Patricks Day tomorrow.

    In the last 5 years, 7 people have died on our roads over the St Patrick's Day period, while road fatalities involving alcohol usually peak this month.

    Brian Farrell from the RSA says young people and men are more likely to take risks behind the wheel.

  • The Transport Minister has launched a scathing attack on what he calls 'the lunatic fringe' in Leinster House opposed to tougher drink drive laws.

    Shane Ross has suggested any government Ministers who criticised the enforcement of the laws were 'unfit for office'

    Transport Minister Shane Ross is today responding to intense criticism from some rural TDs over tougher new drink drive laws.

    In particular some have raised the issue of an increase in the number of driver breathalyser tests being carried out in the morning across the country.

    Over the New Year period 43 people were arrested between the hours of 9 am and noon on suspicion of drink driving, out of a total of 445 people.

    Writing in today's Sunday Independent, Minister Ross slammed TDs who criticised the new drink driving laws, referring to the lunatic fringe in Leinster House.

    He also told the paper that any government Minister's who criticised the enforcement of the laws were unfit for office.