Young people who have been arrested for drink-driving are to take part in research for the Road Safety Authority to understand why they get behind the wheel after drinking.
They will be included in focus groups being convened to discuss the influences on them and factors that may contribute to behaviour and attitudes around drink-driving.
The findings will be used to help design new campaigns to reduce drink-driving levels and aid enforcement.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) wants the research ideally to be carried out in counties Cavan, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, and Limerick, which have been identified from statistics as high-risk for fatal drink-driving collisions.
As well as those who have been charged with a drink-driving-related offence, people who have driven after drinking in the past three years, or who report negative drink-driving attitudes, are expected to be invited to take part.
Alcohol consumption was a factor in nearly 40% of the 867 fatal road collisions between 2008 and 2012 recently examined by the RSA.
Source: Niall Murray, The Irish Examiner, 05/01/18