Rural TDs oppose Ross proposal to reduce drivers' alcohol limit
Rural TDs have criticised Shane Ross's proposal to reduce the alcohol limit
for drivers, saying that laws currently in place should be enforced.
This means a single alcoholic drink could push some drivers over the limit,
a move that some TDs have described as "devastating" for rural
After a 15pc increase in road deaths last year TDs have praised Ross for
bringing the issue into public debate, but don't believe his proposed reforms
will save peoples' lives.
Independent TD Seán Canney, was critical of how the reforms would be
He said: "We have to look at the existing laws and how we're enforcing
them. We have to look at the new laws in terms of driving under the influence
of drugs and the issue of phones and texting while driving; they're huge issues
on the roads."
Michael Healy Rae TD said: "You could reduce the limit tomorrow to
zero and who can say that would save one more life. I would honestly believe
that it wouldn't."
Michael Fitzmaurice, TD for the Roscommon-South Leitrim area, believes there should be more of a focus on repairing roads that are in "a deplorable state" in order to combat road deaths.