Blood samples can be taken from all drivers involved in road crashes from today

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Blood samples can be taken from all drivers involved in road crashes from today - including those who cannot give consent.

The measure is part of tighter road safety regulations, which come into effect today ahead of Christmas.

Minister for Transport Pascal Donohoe will announce the closure of a loophole, which allowed drunken drivers to avoid blood tests through being unconscious or by claiming injury, at the launch of the annual Christmas road safety campaign.

Founder of Donegal based road safety organisation PARC, Susan Grey says the move is a very welcome one, and brings the republic into line with the law north of the border: