New bill to assist in study of road deaths

Minister for Justice Michael McDowell is to introduce new legislation to assist the first ever scientific study of the influence of drink and drugs on road deaths in Ireland.

19th March, 2005

Despite the government measures brought in to combat road accidents, no attempt has been made to date to collate and analyse the post mortems of road death victims. Toxicology reports, which would show the presence of alcohol and drugs in victims, are held in individual coroners' courts around the country.

Garda sources said there was a legal question markover the right of access of outside bodies to this information. But the legality of the situation,...

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