As we quickly head into the festive season I thought it would be a good time to give this timely reminder from Janet Anscombe
The Government has just announced that the fine for drink driving is to be increased from €500 to €1,000. The amount of alcohol set as the limit has not been changed, nor the number of points lost from the licence – i.e. a minimum of 4. The legal limits are strict: 0.5 grams of alcohol per litre of blood = 0.25 mg per litre of exhaled air (0.15 for new drivers, or drivers of commercial or special vehicles). Anyone who is over 0.60 mg faces three to six months in prison and a ban of up to four years.
In the same law, children under three years of age will be required to be seated in the rear in a child car seat, while those between three and twelve years of age must be seated in a booster seat, whether in the front or rear. Children of any age who are under 135 cm in height must travel in a child seat.
The new legislation also outlaws radar detectors: drivers who use them face losing 3 points from their licence and a fine of €200. As far as young cyclists are concerned, those under 18 must now wear a safety helmet regardless of where they’re cycling. Previously youngsters were only required to wear a helmet on urban roads. Despite pressure groups requesting for legislation requiring adults to wear safety helmets, this has not been included in the law.
These new rules will come into force towards the end of the year when the new legislation is approved.
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