TD says new zero-tolerance drink driving bill needs to be “rural proofed”

first_imgGalway TD Sean Canney has spoken out against Transport Minister Shane Ross’ new drink driving bill which could see first-time offenders and ‘morning after’ drink drivers disqualified.Minister Ross’ Road Traffic Amendment Bill suggests that anyone caught with between 50 and 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood should be automatically banned from driving.Under current legislation, if a person is between 80 and 100 mg per 100 ml they get a six-month disqualification. If they are between 50 and 80 mg per 100 ml, they can choose to accept three penalty points. As it takes 12 penalty points for a six-month disqualification, someone could potentially drink drive (50 to 80mg per 100ml) FOUR times before facing any consequences.Minister Ross’ Bill instead proposes a three-month disqualification in place of a “relatively trivial” three penalty points.Speaking in the Dáil, Independent Alliance TD Canney spoke of how he fears the Bill will “isolate” those in rural areas.“I think this bill goes too far, I think we need to look at it, we need to balance it up, and we also need to have more discussion about how this bill will affect rural Ireland and how we can see it being rural proofed and how we can make sure we don’t isolate more and more people. “I do believe that the laws we have at the moment are sufficient.“Maybe the penalties applicable to 50mg to 80mg should be looked at but I think we inadvertently create laws which can be counter-productive and I do believe this one would be.”While tabling the bill, Minister Ross says that those who believe the new bill will cripple people’s social lives in rural Ireland are “missing the point”.“We want to save lives in rural Ireland… The fundamental mistake of those critics who say that this Bill will damage rural Ireland is that they are conflating two very different issues,” Minister Ross said in the Dáil.“One is drink-driving, which is a public safety issue, and an issue on which I want to protect the public everywhere, in all areas, rural and urban. The other and entirely separate issue is the problem of social isolation in rural Ireland. These two issues are different and those who would treat them as one issue do a disservice to both.” “We talk of a need for culture change in regard to drink-driving, and rightly so. We cannot expect a change if the law itself does not step up to the mark,” concluded Minister Ross.The Bill is currently going through the House of the Oireachtas, and Minister Ross believes that it will be passed by the Dáil.TD says new zero-tolerance drink driving bill needs to be “rural proofed” was last modified: December 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Billdrink drivingminister rosssean canneyshane rosslast_img read more

Vancouver earns award for financial reporting

first_imgFor the 27th consecutive year, the city of Vancouver has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.The award was presented to the city specifically for its 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, prepared by the Financial and Management Services department.The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, the city said in a news bulletin.The city said its financial report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, and that the announcement from the finance officers association said Vancouver demonstrates a spirit of “full disclosure,” clearly communicating the city’s financial story, as well as motivating potential users and user groups.The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,000 government finance professionals. It has offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.last_img read more