DANGEROUS drink drivers will now have to pass a medical before they are allowed back on the road.
A new law, which comes into force on June 1, will force high risk offenders to pass a test to prove they are no longer alcohol dependent before they can drive again.
Currently drivers who have been banned can get behind the wheel again as soon as they apply for their licence at the end of their disqualification. Evidence suggests some offenders put off having their medical after applying for their licence so they can drive despite being alcohol dependent.
The new law will prevent offenders from driving again until they have passed the medical.
Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond said: "These changes will tighten up the law on drink driving and will mean that the most dangerous offenders will have to prove they are no longer dependent on alcohol before they are allowed to get back behind the wheel."