A local businessman has called on the Government to go one step further in their new road safety strategy and introduce alcolocks in all public service vehicles as a necessary safety measure.
Alcolocks are connected to a vehicle’s ignition system and activated by the driver blowing into a device with a mouthpiece.
They will prevent a vehicle’s engine starting if the driver’s alcohol level exceeds a pre-set legal limit.
The Government’s new Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020, unveiled this week, calls for the introduction of mandatory alcolocks for repeat drink-drivers as a sentencing option for judges.
However, Paddy Matthews of Matthews Coach Hire, believes that the measures do not go far enough and that, in his experience, they should be preventative rather than punitive.
Matthews Coach Hire is the only transport company in Ireland to have alcolocks installed – and every Matthews coach and support vehicle carries one of the devices.
“Every time one of our drivers starts a bus, he has to blow into a device. Alcolocks are part of our culture and our machines detect extremely low readings. Our machines are calibrated and 100% accurate,” said Paddy.
“These machines may cost money to install and calibrate, but they undoubtedly save lives.”
The company were honoured with an award in 2009 from the Road Safety Authority for their use of alcolocks and their overall work in the field of safety.