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European Road Safety Charter
good practice

Good practice submission

Good practice submission

What problem did you address/are you addressing? 
We found out that there was Mandatory testing of deceased drivers involved in road traffic collisions, for alcohol, but no testing of surviving drivers involved. Research carried out by PARC.
What are your objectives? 
To raise awareness through collection of over 40,000 signatures calling for change in legislation.
To get the stats from the Irish Police force.
Lobbying politicians for change, in particular the Minister for Transport, Justice and the Taoiseach, the leader of our country.
Describe the characteristics of your target audience 
We intend to reach everyone including Ministers, Government, Ministers, TD., general public, Health Departments, Emergency Services, Gardai etc..
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 
List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Date 
Monday, 10 April, 2006 to Tuesday, 1 June, 2010
Name of action 

From 2007 we campaigned for change in legislation seeking a  provisión in a road traffic bill to include testing of surviving drivers. We researched best practise in Northern Ireland where Police do test all drivers and we delivered a report on our findings to our Gov in the Republic of Ireland. We met with the Minister for Transport and his officials who were responsable for road traffic laws and succeeded in getting a provisión included in the Bill.  We followed and attended  all the Bill’s  stages through the Dail and Seanad in 2009  and succeeded in getting amendments to it through Deputy Broughan to ensure it was watertight.  The Bill was passed into law in 2010  with a provision for testing drivers involved in injury related collisions.

Date 
Monday, 10 April, 2006
Name of action 

HOWEVER a loophole still exists as the law for testing unconscious drivers involved in a collision causing death or injury to another has not been enacted yet by the Minister. PARC met with authorities in Northern Ireland in 2009 and such testing is carried out there. A blood simple is taken from the driver but not tested until the driver regains consciousness and then they are required to sign a consent form to allow for the testing of the sample for intoxicants. We delivered a report to the Minister for Transport with a copy of the consent form used in Northern Ireland. The Minister’s officials checked it out and a provision was included and passed in the Road Traffic Act  2014. However it has not been implemented yet and  PARC continue to press  the Gov to enact that section of the Act before the end of 2014.

Name of action 

We continue to liaise with the Department of transport to push for enactment of section 12 of the Road Traffic Act 2014 for the testing of unconscious/incapacitated drivers. We hope to be in a position to include the date of commencement of this law in our next edition of our   guide for families of victim’s of RTC’s which goes to print next month. 

Name of action 

From stats gathered by Garda Police force. After the legislation was introduced in 2010 PARC discovered through PQs raised by Deputy Broughan that more than half of surviving drivers were still not being tested for alcohol. PARC took action again and released results to media and spoke with the Garda Commissioner and had questions raised in the Dail. We liaised with Department of Transport officials. We continued to raise questions on a 6 monthly basis looking for figures from Garda on testing. We now have a success rate of over 80pc being tested.  The booklet on the Rules Of The Road now informs drivers that if they are involved in a crash they will automatically be tested. We also noted that the outdated  Garda CT68 form which gathers information from the scene was never updated and confused gardai into thinking they still had the’ discretionary power’  whether to test a surviving driver or not. PARC wrote to the Garda Commissioner and we were invited to send in our submissions for their planned update of this form. We succeeded in having our submissions on many areas  of the form  applied to the new CT68 form which went live on 1 January 2014.