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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# Drug-Driving

This year
# road policing
'Hundreds of drug driving prosecutions' in limbo as gardaí await critical High Court case
The Journal has learned that dozens of drug driving cases have been adjourned awaiting an answer as to the validity of the garda arrests.
Last year
# drink driving
Over 100 people arrested for driving under the influence in the last week
There were almost 2,000 speeding offences reported in the last 7 days.
# Road Safety
144 people arrested for driving under the influence during first week of December
To date this year, 148 people have lost their lives on Irish roads.
# road safety appeal
New roadside drug testing system launched as part of Christmas and New Year road safety appeal
It works like an antigen test and delivers results in 2-8 minutes.
All time
# Cork
Ian Bailey disqualified from driving and fined €700 over cannabis charges
The ruling was made at a hearing in Bantry District Court.
# the road back
More drug-driving than drink-driving incidents over lockdown, say gardaí
Focus has turned to road safety as drivers get back on the road post-lockdown and the new ‘The Road Back’ campaign is launched.
# Road Safety Authority
Drug-driving incidents jump 11% this year despite Covid-19 lockdown
Authorities warn motorists of the dangers of drug driving ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Ian Bailey appears in court charged with drug driving
He was stopped by gardaí in Schull in West Cork in August 2019.
# Road Safety
One in four arrested for driving while intoxicated on Christmas Day were suspected drug-drivers
More than 650 drivers have been arrested since this year’s road safety campaign was launched.
Gardaí warn of 'dramatic growth' in drug driving
The warning comes ahead of the October Bank Holiday weekend.
# roadside testing
Gardaí issue warning after motorists test positive for cocaine and cannabis
One driver was also speeding at the time.
# On The Road
Drink-drivers caught five times over the limit as Christmas campaign kicks in
A number of arrests for drug-driving have also been made.
# Road Safety
Gardaí given new powers to test drivers for drugs at roadside
A number of new measures about drug driving, written-off vehicles and uninsured drivers have been given the green light.
# Ballysimon
Gardaí issue warning after car crash in Limerick
The driver was arrested on suspicion of drug driving.
# roadside
This device is what gardaí will use to test who's been drug driving
Gardaí are preparing for a major crackdown on drug driving in the coming months.
# Safety First
24 people killed on roads this year were not wearing seatbelts
Plus, drug drive testing came in last night.
# motoring offences
Have you ever seen a friend drive under the influence of drugs? 1 in 6 have
A new survey from eFlow also reveals a high number of people speed regularly.
# new rule
‘N’ plates for new drivers on the way as Traffic Bill published
The Bill also allows for roadside testing for drug driving, and details plans to test unconscious drivers.
# need to know
The Evening Fix: Now with added Miriam and Pat from 1989
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Drug-Driving
New driving laws will include clampdown on 'drug driving'
Leo Varadkar says the forthcoming Road Traffic Bill will revise earlier laws to introduce ‘impairment testing’ for drivers.
# Drug Testing
Drug testing of motorists to be introduced in new year
Drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs will have to perform co-ordination tests – such as walking in a straight line or balancing on one leg – under plans announced by Minister Leo Varadkar.
# Roads
Prosecution of non-residents for driving offences gets the green light
New EU directive means that residents from other member states can be punished for breaking traffic laws in Ireland.
# Motoring
MEPs to vote on punishment for overseas driving offences
EU countries will be entitled to prosecute drivers using other countries’ cars, under a plan being voted on tomorrow.
# Road Safety
Concerns over increase in drug-driving
Last year, 1,500 drivers tested by authorities were confirmed to be under the influence of drugs.