New Penalties now in Force for Driving having Consumed Alcohol

John A Sinnott Solicitors, garda checkpoint

New rules on drink-driving took effect from midnight last Thursday which will automatically disqualify any motorists who are found to have consumed alcohol.

The parameters for drink-driving in Ireland have not changed, the limits remain the same.  However, the penalty imposed has changed.

Under the new law, a driver who is found to be over the limit will now face an automatic driving ban for three months and a fine of €200.

The limit stays the same at blood alcohol level of 50mg for experienced drivers. The limit is lower for learner drivers and professional drivers, at a blood alcohol level of 20mg.  One standard drink is considered enough to put someone at risk of going over the limit, which includes a glass of beer, a small glass of wine or a pub measure of spirits.  However, the amount which will put someone over the limit could vary from person to person for a number of reasons.  Road safety experts advocate that if you are planning to drive, then you should consume no alcohol.

Before now, a driver detected to be over the limit was punished with a €200 fine and three penalty points.