Road Traffic Bill to be Governments first piece of legislation

The new Government has begun putting its first piece of legislation is going through the Dáil - but it's a bill drafted by the previous coalition.

The main provision of the Road Traffic Bill 2011 will allow for a mandatory breath test for all drivers involved in a crash where people are injured. That's a central demand of the road safety organisation PARC which was founded in Donegal.

However, they expressed some concerns about the bill last year after it was redrafted by the then minister Noel Dempsey.

Introducing the bill last evening, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said road safety is a major priority for the new Government:

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