2017 news

27 August 2017

Statement regarding discrepancies in number of breathalysed tests

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) was greatly concerned when it came to light that there were significant discrepancies between the number of people actually being breathalysed versus the number recorded as having been breathalysed since 2011.

Unquestionably, there is a direct link between the levels of drink driving enforcement conducted and compliance with drink driving laws. The absence of credible and reliable enforcement metrics such as the numbers of drivers being breath tested, makes it almost impossible to evaluate and measure the effectiveness of road safety interventions.

This is especially valid in the context of the rise in road deaths over recent years. When announced, the RSA welcomed the fact that an investigation into the matter was commenced by the Garda Commissioner. The RSA has met with the Investigation team and raised our concerns on how some practices could have contributed to the scale of the discrepancies.

One of the primary concerns for the RSA is the implications for road safety of inaccurate data being recorded and the potential lack of enforcement activity especially around the issue of drink driving which continues to be a serious problem in this country.

We look forward to the publication of the Garda findings and recommendations following the review of the matter in near future. The RSA has also met recently with the company carrying out the Police Authority examination into the matter, Crowe Horwath. We are awaiting the outcome of both reviews before making any further comment at this time.


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