Drug driving being “ignored” - Blake

A Letterkenny based anti-drug campaigner has expressed his disappointment that a recent road safety initiative launch in the county did not address the issue of drug driving.

A Letterkenny based anti-drug campaigner has expressed his disappointment that a recent road safety initiative launch in the county did not address the issue of drug driving.

Former Letterkenny Town Councillor, PJ Blake said: “Why is this problem being ignored? After all it is part of section 49 (1) of the 1963 Road Traffic Act. Drink has been up graded, or downgraded depending how you want to look at it and they are not giving people on the ground the tools to enforce this law.”

Mr Blake’s comments came after a new report published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána, entitled ‘Donegal – Your Road to Safety’ shows that a total of 307 road users were killed in road collisions in the county of Donegal over the period 1996-2009.

It also detailed Donegal also accounted for six per cent of all road deaths in Ireland despite making up only three and a half per cent of the Irish population.

The report was published to mark the launch of a new initiative which will see the RSA and An Garda Síochána visit counties around Ireland in an effort to assist local agencies strengthen road safety in the community. Donegal is the first county to be visited as part of the new ‘Your Road to Safety’ campaign.

The anti-drug campaigner said he was disappointed that the issue of drug driving wasn’t covered by any of the speakers at the event.