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Irish motorists will be subject to random alcohol and drug testing    
06/01/2011 13:22:32
In addition to the current practice of alcohol breath testing testing, all Irish motorists, including those who drive in the course of their work, will be subject to random roadside impairment testing for drugs and alcohol when regulations contained in the Road Traffic Act 2010 come into force.

Section 4 of the Act prohibits driving or being in charge of mechanically propelled vehicles while under the influence of intoxicants or exceeding alcohol limits. The Act will also allow a Garda to conduct roadside breath and impairment testing if he/she forms the opinion that the person is incapable of having proper control of the vehicle. The driver can then be arrested and brought to a garda station where they will have to submit to a blood or urine sample and will be prosecuted if they test positive.
Employees who fail a Garda alcohol or drug test on their way to work, or are driving a vehicle in the course of their employment, will be in contravention of Section 13(1)b of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 if they report for or continue working having failed an alcohol or drug test. All employees should be advised of the implications of Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act 2010 and Section 13(1)b of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
Employers are obliged to conduct risk assessments under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and include control measures which are reflected in the company safety statement. Failing a Garda alcohol or drug test, while driving in the course of their employment, should also be included.
For Immediate Release ? 06 January 2011
Maurice Quinlan, Tel: +353 (0)51 855 733

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