Drink drivers may soon have to answer to “alco-locks” on their own cars. – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Drink drivers may soon have to answer to “alco-locks” on their own cars.



The device in question, the alco-lock will permit the car to start, providing the driver gives a breath sample to the analyzer in the car. If it is clear, the car will start. Otherwise the car will remain locked.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) are currently in talks about a new proposal that is to be presented to the government soon.

Measures in other administrations are being studied, in the hopes that they can be introduced here in Ireland.

The chair woman of the RSA Liz O’ Donnell shared possible ideas at the conference of Addiction Counsellors of Ireland, an annual event.

She said that new restrictions needed to be put in place in order to combat the drivers who have a chronic problem with alcohol.

Ms O’ Donnell stated “In addition to the education courses, measures may be needed to ‘police’ such high risk drivers when they get into the car, to prevent them from drink driving.

Such a measure could include the fitment of Alco-lock devices in the vehicle. And this is something we are investigating, looking in particular at how it was worked in other countries”

A report is being written up that will advise the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to consider the implanting of a mandatory drink drive rehabilitation programme here.

This is will lower the likelihood of an offender, re-offending.

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