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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Breathalyser

All time
# down down down
'Austerity cost lives': Drink driving convictions in Ireland fell MASSIVELY in the last 10 years
The yearly rate has fallen by nearly 9,000 in fact. And counties with a lot of road deaths are not necessarily those with the most convictions.
# Road Deaths
Shane Ross considering 'naming and shaming' drink drivers like tax defaulters
Meanwhile, a Fine Gael MEP has called for breathalysers to be installed in the cars of repeat offenders.
# Tasty
Young NRL prop sprayed insect repellent in his mouth after being stopped for drink driving
A textbook example of what not to do.
# wise up
This powerful video shows why drink driving is a bad, bad idea
284,000 Irish drivers have admitted to some manner of drink driving in the last 12 months.
# Convictions
The courts say they have an 86% conviction rate for drink-driving
That’s double what had been reported.
# in irish please
Emergency law closes drink-driving loophole
This closes the loophole for future cases but the status of previous tickets remains unclear
# Courts
Judge rules failed breathalyser test void as results were provided in English only
The failed test “is not evidence at all and cannot be admitted,” said Judge Seamus Noonan.
# Breath Test
Almost 2,000 drivers arrested for drink driving so far this year
A number of Mandatory Alcohol Testing checkpoints will be set up around the country this weekend.
# An Garda Síochána
These graphs show how more breath-testing has affected drink-driving
Figures supplied by Gardaí show a year-on-year drop in the number of drivers found to be intoxicated.
# Pat Rabbitte
Pat Rabbitte: Mattie McGrath ‘is about as useful as t*ts on a bull’
The communications minister says Alan Shatter was certainly not trying to claim a constitutional defence when breathalysed.
# Feeling confident?
Fianna Fáil tables Dáil motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter
TDs will debate Fianna Fáil’s motion on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the party saying Shatter’s position is untenable.
# I did not exhale
Shatter: 'I was breathalysed, but hadn't done anything wrong'
Alan Shatter has offered an explanation of the incident referred to by Mattie McGrath in the Dáil earlier today.
# Learner Drivers
RSA want gardaí to breathalyse L-plate passengers
The RSA has said that the role of supervising a learner driver cannot be performed “if the accompanying driver is intoxicated.”
# need to know
The Evening Fix: Friday
Things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Alcohol Testing
No breathalysers for over half of drivers in fatal accidents - despite mandatory tests
Department of Justice figures show that less than only 35 drivers – of 107 involved in fatal accidents – have been tested.
# Your Say
Poll: Should 'alco-locks' be mandatory on all vehicles?
An event in Dublin this week is set to call for the universal use of in-car breathalysers, disabling a car if the driver fails it.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Saturday
In tonight’s Fix: Abusive emails, alcohol tests and a triple limb transplant…
# pilot
Pilot taken off Aer Arann flight crew after failing breath test
The flight from Bristol to Cork was delayed for several hours on Thursday while a replacement pilot was found.