It is a scientific fact that alcohol and drugs impairs driving and increases your risk of crashing!
The legal limit for a fully licenced driver is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
The legal limit for professional and learner drivers is 20 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Local Gardaí have powers to set up random breath-test checkpoints.
|At Under 1/3 of the legal limit, your attention is impaired. You start to focus more on steering and miss out on other dangers like the child about to cross the road. Your alertness is impaired and the danger of sleepiness increases.||Lots of drugs can aﬀect your ability to drive safely including some over-the-counter medicines (like cough and hay-fever medicines) and many prescribed drugs. Always read the information leaflets that come with medicines carefully or ask a pharmacist or your doctor for advice.|
|At under 1/2 of the legal limit you are less vigilant and your perception is starting to show impairment.||Drugs slow down your reaction time, meaning you can’t respond to emergency situations as quick.|
|By 3/4 of the legal limit your perception, vision and tracking abilities are impaired, including your ability to steer within your own lane.||You are unable to judge distances and speeds properly.|
|By 4/5 of the legal limit your ability to think, react and make choices are all impaired.||You believe you are in control and almost invincible, so you begin to take more risks.|
|The combined eﬀect is that your judgement is
impaired – making you take more risks.
|Your eyesight becomes more blurred and you start to lose concentration.|
|Not exceeding 35mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.||€200 + 3 months disqualification fixed penalty notice. If you are taken to court the minimum is €200 + 6 months disqualification.|
|Exceeding 35mcg but not exceeding 44mcg of
alcohol per 100ml of breath.
|€400 + 6 months disqualification fixed penalty notice. If you are taken to court the minimum is €400 + 1 year’s disqualification.|
|Exceeding 44mcg but not exceeding 66mcg
of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
|You will be taken to court and the minimum is 2 year’s disqualification.|
|Exceeding 66mcg of alcohol per 100ml of
|You will be taken to court and the minimum is 3 year’s disqualification.|
The above penalties are minimum penalties and the judge has the discretion to increase these penalties. The maximum penalty for drink driving is €5000 or 6 months in prison or both.