New drink driving regulations hurting pub business

People fear a drink will drive them over the permitted blood alcohol limit.

Sligo News File.

People are afraid to have a drink in pubs in case it will push them over the safe driving limit.

Shane Ross, Minister for Transport with responsibility for drink driving regulations

So says publican John Duignan of the Tally Ho pub in Longford.

Duignan claims that figures used by Ross, the Transport Minister in assessing the extent alcohol are a factor in road crashes are incorrect.

He also points out that as a result of the regulations as introduced, customers visiting public houses on weekends are fearful that taking a drink will drive them over the
permitted blood alcohol level.

Publicans report that the licensed trade is being severely affected by the new measures.