Majority of motorists want drink-drivers' names put on a public register

But almost half say such a move would not affect their behaviour

Majority of motorists want drink-drivers' names put on a public register

Garda David Maguire (left) and posed model Mark Adams being tested for drink driving to raise awarness | Image: RollingNews.ie

A new survey has found 68% of Irish motorists believe those found guilty of drink-driving offences should have their names published on a live register.

Almost half of drivers, however, say such a move would not affect their driving behaviour.

However, many of those who said the change would have no impact on their driving stated that this was because they would never drink and drive.

According to the AA, one-in-five drivers admit risk of being 'named and shamed' would have a major effect on their driving.

In a survey of over 11,000 motorists, 44.92% of drivers said they "strongly supported" a proposal for a register, with a further 22.59% being "somewhat" supportive.

Among the main reasons for supporting the idea was the belief that the risk of being 'named and shamed' would further discourage people from driving while over the legal limit.

Over 19% of those asked said the risk of being 'named and shamed' would have a major impact on their driving habits.

If a live register was introduced, older drivers appear to be the most likely group to see their driving habits changed.

More than 30% of drivers over the age of 56 admitted this system would have at least a "moderate effect" on their behaviour.

Director of consumer affairs at The AA, Conor Faughnan, said: "Drinking and driving is a reckless, shameful behaviour that should be part of Ireland’s past and not our future.

"Motorists have consistently supported strong enforcement and strong sanctions for the offence.

"Sadly though it is clear that there are people who have not got the message. It is a tragic Irish problem that hasn’t gone away."

While increased efforts have been made in recent years to highlight the risks of drink-driving, the survey suggests that some drivers may still be taking the risk of driving while over the legal limit of 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (0.05).