Research shows that narcotics seriously impair driving skills. Photograph: Getty Images

New roadside tests to identify people driving under the influence of drugs are to be introduced across the country from early next year. Authorities h(...)

Between January 2013 and May 2015, 20,830 drink-driver cases were listed before District Courts and there were 8,391 convictions, 40 per cent. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

There is nothing new about drink-drivers not being held to account for their actions. In 2004, writing in the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, Prof D(...)

Garda Headquarters has ordered an internal disciplinary inquiry in Limerick after a car crash last December. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Garda Headquarters has ordered an internal disciplinary inquiry in Limerick after a car crash last December in which a man was found to be three times(...)

Emergency legislation has been signed into law to deal with a High Court decision that cast doubt over hundreds of drink-driving cases. Photograph: Thinkstock

Emergency legislation, introduced to close a loophole in drink driving law, will have no impact on hundreds of drink driving cases currently before th(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: “Research from the coroner in Co Kildare showed that over a 10-year period 50 per cent of those who lost their lives in crashes tested positive for the presence of drugs.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New roadside devices that can test a driver’s saliva for the presence of drugs will be introduced this year, according to Minister for Transport Pa(...)

Roadside impairment tests   will require motorists to perform simple co-ordination tasks at checkpoints to determine if they are intoxicated. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tenders will issue early next year for a new roadside device to test motorists for illegal drugs and medicines that can impair driving, Minister fo(...)

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar: “I am a member of a Government that has reduced the number of public servants including gardaí, so I don’t want to come across as if I am pointing the finger. We are collectively responsible.”    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

For the first time since 2005, the number of people killed on Irish roads will rise this year. Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar admits the incre(...)

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the case of a Post Office manager accused of perverting the course of justice in a drunk driving investigation. Photograph: Getty Images.

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the case of a Post Office manager accused of perverting the course of justice in a drunk driving investigation(...)

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar: “The late taking of specimens is not scientifically valuable.” Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has confirmed that motorists involved in hit-and-run incidents will face harsher criminal sanction.Prison sentence(...)