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Here's what you'll need to know when driving in Ireland. Anyone heading over the Irish Sea should note that the drink-drive limit in Ireland has recently been reduced to 50mg, or 20mg for newly qualified and learner drivers.

Road deaths per 100,000 of population. UK average 3.1 (2010):
β€’4.7 per 100,000 of population

Minimum age for drivers
β€’17

Maximum speed limit

Motorways:
β€’120kph/75mph
National Roads:
β€’100kph/62mph
Regional and Local Roads:
β€’80kph/50mph
Urban areas:
β€’50kph/31mph

Alcohol limit per 100ml of blood
β€’50mg or 20mg for professional, newly qualified and learner drivers

Equipment required in car
β€’Warning triangle

Documentation to be carried
β€’Full British licence (if it's not a photo version, you'll need another form of photographic ID, such as a passport)
β€’Original registration document, or hire-car paperwork
β€’Motor insurance policy

Exterior markings
β€’A GB sticker on the back of the vehicle - unless 'Euro-plates' are fitted

General requirements
β€’Seatbelts must be worn by all vehicle occupants

On the spot fines issued
β€’Yes

Radar detectors
β€’Forbidden

This information is provided as a guide to driving in the aforementioned country, but is not intended as complete legal guidance. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure they follow national driving laws.