Penalty points for 360 slightly over drink limit

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From the Irish Independent

NEW figures show 360 drivers have received penalty points after being caught slightly over the drink-driving limit, writes Paul Melia.

The points have been imposed since the limit was lowered from 80mg to 50mg per 100ml of blood last October.

Motorists with a reading between 50 and 80 are arrested and subjected to a breath test.

They are fined  €200 and given three penalty points which remain for three years.

If they are caught drink-driving a second time, they lose their licence. Drivers with a reading of more than 80mg are disqualified for six months.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) said the number penalised was probably higher because drivers had almost two months to pay fines before points were applied.

But a spokesman added that the reduction in the limit has sent a clear signal that it’s not worth taking the risk.

“I think you can take it there is a greater compliance with the laws, and a change in our attitudes,” he said.