At a major European road safety conference in Dublin Castle, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar launched a new road safety strategy which will not only focus on the effects of serious road accidents, but will also include some high-tech measure to check irresponsible motorist behaviour.
The key aim of the new road safety - called 'Closing the Gap' - will be to close the gap between Ireland and other safer countries of the European Union; with the strategy having set a new target of 124 road deaths and 330 serious injuries by 2020.
The road safety measures which will be part of the `Closing the Gap' strategy will include an "alcolock" for immobilising vehicles; a handbrake lock policy for employers to dissuade their employees from using mobile handsets while driving; and in-vehicle devices that will be capable of sensing tiredness.
The "alcolock" systems will connect a breathalyser with a vehicle immobolizer through a wireless system; with the immobilizer to become active when a breathalyser test shows that the driver has been drinking.
The handbrake lock policy will chiefly have the employers fitting up certain devices in the cars to avoid the use of mobile by the employees unless the handbrake of the vehicle is activated.
Further revealing that breakdown kits for cars will also be made compulsory under the new road safety strategy, Varadkar said: "We want to make Ireland one of the safest countries in the EU in terms of road deaths."