“PEOPLE SHOULD BE AWARE THAT IF THEY TAKE ALCOHOL THEY SHOULD NOT DRIVE”

23 November 2018 No Comments by The Northern Standard

– Supt Fergus Treanor on new laws which recently came into effect

By Veronica Corr

In light of the introduction of new stricter drink driving laws, which came into effect at midnight on October 27th, The Northern Standard asked Carrickmacross District Superintendent Fergus Treanor to take us through the changes and what they mean to drivers within the county and beyond. “It means that the quantity of alcohol that people choose to take will be greatly restricted and there is automatic disqualification if they are over a very small limit (23mg to 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath will result in a driver receiving a €200 fine and a three months disqualification).”

However, it is hard to quantify how much is too much since everyone’s metabolism is different and the Superintendent observed that it was also more of a medical question. So, to be safe, whilst driving the recommended alcohol is none. “People have to understand their own volume of alcohol intake and when they are fit to drive. That’s a decision that they must make themselves. There is no set time…

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