We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Sam Boal via
Your Say

Poll: Do you support automatic driving bans for those caught over the alcohol limit?

Shane Ross is to introduce the bill to the Dáíl next week.

TRANSPORT MINISTER SHANE Ross has said he is happy that his bill to automatically ban those caught drink driving is expected to pass through the Oireachtas.

Ross had feared that Fine Gael TDs and senators were to be given a free vote on the matter which would have increased the likelihood of the bill failing. However, it emerged yesterday that the whip will be imposed.

Currently, anyone with a full license caught driving with an alcohol level between 50mg and 80mg is liable to three penalty points on their license and a €200 fine. Ross’s bill would mean these drivers would get an instant three month ban.

Fianna Fáil argues that the current measures should be strengthened, by increasing penalties to five penalty points and a €500 fine. It does not approve of a three-month driving ban.

This morning, we’re asking: Do you support automatic driving bans for those caught over the alcohol limit? 

Poll Results:

Yes (6710)
No (5397)
No opinion (287)

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel