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Seize cars of drinking drivers, say 86% in poll

Almost 90% of people believe the PSNI should have the power to seize vehicles from drink-drivers
Almost 90% of people believe the PSNI should have the power to seize vehicles from drink-drivers
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Almost 90% of people believe the PSNI should have the power to seize vehicles from drink-drivers.

Currently vehicles without tax or insurance can be taken away.

However, the vast majority of people who took part in the annual Road Safety Monitor Survey believed drink-drivers were more deserving of losing their cars.

The report reveals that vehicle seizure is being considered by the Department of the Environment (DoE) as a penalty option for serious road traffic offences.

Asked under which circumstances police should have the power to seize vehicles, 86% said drink-driving.

The report also said one in four people has admitted they would drive after taking an alcoholic drink.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, who is in charge of road safety, said people were too complacent when it came to drink-driving.

"My message to all drivers is clear, just one drink will impair your driving ability," he said.

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