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PARC meets with Dempsey today 27.02.08

INISHOWEN-based Public Against Road Carnage (PARC) will meet the Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, in the Dáil this morning.
PARC wants to find out what progress has been made on the Minister’s promise to introduce compulsory testing of all drivers - either at the scene or later in hospital - at all crash scenes attended by the Gardaí.
Susan Gray. PARC founder Susan Gray explained the reasons behind today's meeting: "We are now very concerned that the Government is already rowing back on this by announcing recently that legislation will only be provided for the testing of drivers involved in serious collisions. This is not acceptable. It is totally useless, meaningless and ambiguous."
Culdaff-based Ms. Gray said all drivers must be tested if Ireland is to "have a fair and just system".
"We understand that there may be circumstances where a breath test cannot be carried out at the scene due to the serious injuries sustained. In these circumstances we expect the decision to be left to the trained medical personnel attending
scene whether a roadside preliminary breath test can be carried out or not.
"In circumstances where it cannot, the Garda must request a sample of blood or urine when the injured driver is taken to hospital. This sample can then be tested for intoxicants including drugs. The only acceptable reason for not carrying out a test would be, in circumstances where the medical personnel at the hospital refuse on grounds that it would represent an imminent threat to the health of an individual," added Ms. Gray.
She appealed for as much support as possible outside the Dáil at 11am following the 10am meeting with the Minister. "Any families who have been affected by road tragedies are welcome to attend," she said.
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