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Sinn Féin welcome for lower drink drive limit

26 September, 2011 - by Cathal Boylan

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has welcomed the proposed legislation by Environmental Minister Alex Attwood to lower the drink drive limit but called for consultation with the Irish Government to set an all Ireland limit.

Mr Boylan stated:

“The decision to lower the drink drive limit has to be welcomed by everyone concerned with road safety.

“The toll of 75 deaths and nearly 500 serious injuries over a five year period through drink driving is unacceptable and this initiative will help empower the police to tackle those who still think it is ok to drink and drive.

“I also believe that there is an opportunity to consult with the Irish Government in order to set an all Ireland limit.This would be beneficial along the border area where two different levels could cause confusion.

“The safest option is not to drink and drive at all and I would ask all drivers who have had a drink to think twice before getting behind the wheel.

“Any new measure that will reduce fatalities on our roads is to be welcomed.”

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