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Drink driving must become socially unacceptable - Crowe

31 October, 2006

Speaking after it emerged from An Garda Síochána figures that a total of 449 people were arrested over the bank holiday weekend in the 26 counties on suspicion of drink driving, Sinn Féin Transport Spokesperson Seán Crowe TD appealed for everyone to "help end this culture of impaired driving."

The Dublin South West TD welcomed the fact that the Gardaí detected so many drink drivers but also stated that this high number highlights that drink driving is still a particularly acute problem on this island.

"The fact that people take chances and drive while under the influence of alcohol needs to be challenged. This practice must become socially unacceptable. Drink drivers are not only putting their own lives in danger, but are also risking numerous other lives. We need preventative education and strong judicial measures to deal with drink driving and to save lives.

"A widespread public education campaign is needed. We need to educate not only existing drivers but also our drivers of the future. This could be implemented through a road safety programme throughout second level schools. Victims and the families of victims of drink driving could participate where feasible to educate and warn drivers against the dangers of drink driving.

"Drink driving is a selfish act that can have serious repercussions. This culture should no longer be merely accepted, it should be challenged throughout our society. People need to take greater responsibility for their actions." Críoch

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