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Pensioner whose wife was killed by drunk driver calls on Sligo TD to rethink drink driving comments

A pensioner whose wife was killed by a drunk driver in Co Sligo says a local Fianna Fáil TD should rethink comments he made on drink driving.

The new Road Traffic Bill would see those detected over the blood alcohol limit automatically disqualified.

It would impose a three-month driving ban for those caught with a blood alcohol level of between 50mg and 80mg per 100ml.

Sligo Leitrim Deputy Eamon Scanlon maintains that drivers who live in rural areas should be allowed to have one or two drinks.

Eamon Scanlon. Photo: RollingNews.ie

Speaking to Ocean FM yesterday, Fianna Fáil Deputy Eamon Scanlon claimed Ireland's drink-driving laws are already strict enough.

"One or two drinks, I don't think, genuinely, will create a problem for most people - I don't think it would," he said.

"I think what we're doing is a bit excessive. Even as we are, the regulations in this country are way more excessive in other European countries," he added.

James Mounsey's wife Karen was killed in a head-on collision near Riverstown in August 2010.

Mr Mounsey, who was also seriously injured in the crash told Ocean FM this morning he thinks drink driving laws should be stricter.

"In some respect, I feel there should be no drink at all to drive a car. In a way, it would be better I think. None. End of story," he said.

"Just think of what happens to a family when it happens to them and then rethink what you said," he said.