Wednesday, 1 February 2006
Road Traffic Offences.
Martin Cullen (Minister, Department of Transport; Waterford, Fianna Fail)
I am not the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. I am the Minister for Transport. The Deputy asked me whether I had done anything about it. I have confirmed to her in a very open manner that I called a meeting and met not just the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform but all of the senior gardaí from the Commissioner to the deputy and assistant commissioners. It was the correct thing to do and clarified a great many issues. I expect, as does the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, that there will be a clearly enhanced number of road checks in evidence to every commuter and motorist throughout the country as a result of the current situation. We will introduce legislation in the House, which the Fine Gael leader said they will be quite happy to facilitate, as I am sure the Labour Party will be, so as to ensure everybody, regardless of whether they have had a drink, will be subject to randomised breath tests.