Support the Life Saving Equipment Bill 2017
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Senator Dr. Keith Swanick has introducing a new piece of legislation which will make it an offence to steal or damage life-saving equipment such as defibrillators and lifebuoys. The Life Saving Equipment Bill 2017 imposes strict new penalties, including a fine of up to €50,000 and a jail term of up to 5 years for anyone convicted of interfering with life-saving equipment.
Routinely we hear of incidents across the country where defibrillators have been vandalised or destroyed, which is completely unacceptable behaviour and putting lives at risk. Similarly there is a serious problem with life rings and lifebuoys going missing at lakes, rivers and beaches. Lives are being unnecessarily lost as a result of people stealing or interfering with these essential pieces of life-saving equipment.
This legislation underpins the importance of these devices and will see a zero-tolerance approach to vandalism and theft adopted. This Bill was introduced in Seanad Éireann in July 2017 and we need your support to lobby all Oireachtas members, especially the Government members, to ensure that the Life Saving Equipment Bill 2017 becomes law.
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