Road Safety boss accuses Vintners of reducing victims of drink-driving to ‘insignificant statistics’

The Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority has rounded on the Vintners Federation of Ireland over proposed new drink driving laws.

Transport Minister Shane Ross is introducing an automatic three-month ban for those caught between 50 and 80 milligrammes - currently they only get penalty points and a fine.

The VFI said only a small number of people at this limit are responsible for crashes.

But Moyagh Murdock said the impacts on people cannot be measured as a statistic.

“35 people lost their lives and eight people were seriously injured. The VFI have attempted to downplay the value of those lives, as well as the lives of their families, by reducing them to insignificant statistics.

“Presenting the figure of 1.3% is a selective use of the data in an attempt to undermine the real impact of drinking and driving.”


More in this Section

Celebrities and activists to hold singing protest against homelessness outside the Dáil today

HIQA to be put in charge of issuing hospital licences if bill passes

Traffic moving more smoothly in Dublin after yesterday's Luas gridlock

150 new jobs as tech company Pluralsight sets up European HQ in the capital


Today's Stories

Hundreds of babies buried on Tuam mother and baby home site may never be detailed

20% of whistleblowers suffer at work as result

Appeals for calm after Blanchardstown shooting

Package of up to €250k agreed for next Garda commissioner

Lifestyle

No wee feat: Daniel back in the charts with new album this Christmas

The League Of Gentlemen sketch troupe back on TV screens after 15 years

Get ready for the Jedi in latest Star Wars instalment

A heavy burden for such young shoulders caring for parents this Christmas

More From The Irish Examiner