The J1 social media campaign is a joint campaign between RSA, USIT and An Garda Síochána to highlight the consequences of getting a drink or drug driving conviction.
The aim of the campaign is to help our audience understand what is at stake if they drive after taking alcohol or drugs. For a young audience who have less life experience the possibility of death and the risk of injury appear less likely.
For this campaign we juxtaposed the footage we have of an isolated Irishman left at home, with that of his friends, who are away on the adventure of a lifetime, in the USA. All footage is matched to exaggerate how a summer can take two roads. And only one of them is memorable.
In comparing the boring summer of the friend left at home with an exaggerated expectation of what could have been, shown by footage of friends on the trip of a lifetime, we trigger an immediate sense of FOMO and close with an alert to the mistake that put him there. A drink or drug driving conviction.
The campaign is designed to show the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and how a drink or drug driving conviction may impact someone’s chances on getting a J1 visa for the summer.
It is an offence to drive under the influence of an intoxicant whether alcohol, drugs or a combination of both.
All drink or drug driving penalties carry a disqualification period.
In terms of drug driving disqualification periods, for those convicted of the offence of being above the legal threshold for cannabis, cocaine and heroin with no proof of impairment necessary by the Gardaí, the disqualification period is not less than 1 year for the first offence and not less than 2 years for the second or subsequent offence.
If you are found to be impaired from drugs while driving, the penalty or disqualification periods are a minimum of 4 years for a first offence and 6 years for a second or subsequent offence.
The disqualification periods for drink driving offences range from 3 months to three years for a first offence. There are increased sanctions for second or subsequent offences.
In addition to the disqualification period the court can also apply a fine of up to €5,000 and a prison sentence of up to six months.
Gardaí can set up a checkpoint to conduct random alcohol and drug testing. It is unlawful to refuse to be breathalysed, and you could be fined up to €5,000, or be imprisoned for up to six months, or both.
|Drink Driving Offences*
|Alcohol Level (mg per 100 ml blood)
|Novice/Learner /Professional (a Novice driver is a driver who has held a licence for less than two years)
|3 month driver disqualification and €200 fine
|3 month driver
|Court Sanction Only
|1 year driver disqualification
|Drivers-other than Novice/Learner/Professional
| 3 month driver disqualification and €200 fine
|3 month driver
|6 months driver disqualification and €400 fine
|1 year driver
|Court Sanction Only
Court Sanction Only
|2 year driver disqualification
3 year driver disqualification
*The Administrative Sanction option will not be allowed if the driver is currently disqualified or if penalty points were received within the last three years. These cases go directly to court.
**Disqualification periods given relate to first offences only, there are increased sanctions for second or subsequent offences. In addition to the disqualification period the court can also apply a fine of up to €5,000 and a prison sentence of up to six months.
Our social campaign highlights the consequences of getting a drink or drug driving conviction for young males.