A Mayo Fine Gael Cllr has called on the Road Safety Authority to certify personal use alcohol breathalysers, to give more clarity to motorists when it’s safe to drive a vehicle.

Cllr Jarlath Munnelly says he is raising the issue now following the public debate surrounding drink driving penalties over the Christmas and New Year period. He says people expressed anxiety over whether or not they are fit to drive their car the morning after a night out and this needs to be addressed.

Cllr Munnelly says there are many personal use breathalysers for sale, both online and in shops, but no one seems to be able to say for sure who accurate they are. He says by contrast in France, it is possible to buy a packet of disposable breathalysers that have been certified by the police. Cllr Munnelly says this means the public in France can be certain that if they test themselves with one of these certified units and it says they are fit to drive, they are fit to drive.

Cllr Munnelly says under the proposal, the RSA would certify personal use alcohol breathalysers that are on sale in shops and pharmacies in Ireland.

He is due to raise the issue at Monday’s Mayo County Council meeting.

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