Survey Finds That Motorists Of Ireland Would Like Drunk Drivers Named And Shamed

Do you think that's too far?

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A new survey, carried out by motorist insurer, The AA, has found that 68% of Irish motorists believe those found guilty of drink-driving offences should have their names published on a live register.

However, that survey also showed that almost half of drivers say such a move would not affect their driving behaviour - they stated that this was because they would never ever drink and drive.

A fifth of the survey takers admit that a risk of being 'named and shamed' would have a major effect on their driving.

Director of consumer affairs at The AA, Conor Faughnan, said: 

Drinking and driving is a reckless, shameful behaviour that should be part of Ireland’s past and not our future. Motorists have consistently supported strong enforcement and strong sanctions for the offence.

Sadly though it is clear that there are people who have not got the message. It is a tragic Irish problem that hasn’t gone away.

One of the main reasons for supporting the idea was the belief that the risk of being 'named and shamed' would further discourage people from driving after having a drink or two.

Increased efforts have been made in recent years to highlight the risks and dangers of the illegal activity, however, the survey suggests that some drivers may still be taking the risk of driving while over the designated amount.

The legal limit currently stands at 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (0.05).

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Kate Demolder

Kate is a contributing writer here at Lovin Dublin. You are as likely to see her indulging in some of Dublin’s finer establishments, as well as panic-exercising the day after.

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