Dáil Votes In Favour Of New Drink Driving Legislation

The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill has been passed in the Dáil.

The majority of TDs voted in favour of the new road traffic legislation.

An automatic driving ban for first-time drink drive offenders detected at the lowest limit has been introduced.

The legislation will also make it an offence for car owners to allow a learner driver to use their car unaccompanied.

Currently drivers caught with alcohol concentrations of between 50mg and 80mg face a fine and penalty points but no ban, provided it is their first offence.


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