Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority Moyagh Murdock has described as "very disappointing" the rise in road deaths last year.

Ms Murdock said it is back to basics and that drink-driving, speeding and mobile phone use remained the main killer behaviours on the roads.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, she said that there has been progress in many areas of road safety but drink-driving remained a big problem in Ireland.

She added there was a small cohort of people who continually made the decision to go out, drink and then get behind the wheel of a car.

Ms Murdock said the RSA wanted to establish a formal database of drivers who are disqualified in a court of law.

Currently she said it is done on a piecemeal basis.

She added that people do not surrender their licences after disqualification and many persist in driving after they are disqualified.

Ms Murdock said that a draft bill was sent to Minister for Transport Shane Ross late last year and the RSA would hope to see it made law within the next 12 months.

There was a 15% increase in the number of people who lost their lives on Irish roads last year compared to in 2015.

Minister proposes more measures to tackle drink-driving

Meanwhile, Mr Ross has said fresh efforts are to be made to tackle drink-driving.

Speaking on RTÉ’s News at One he said for whatever reason, the message has not gotten through that drink driving is unacceptable and over the next few months he would consider new measures to tackle the problem.

Such measures could including reducing the levels on breathalysers, increasing the number of points and disqualifying anyone who is found guilty of drink-driving.

The minister also said he would consider naming and shaming those found guilty of drink-driving.

In addition he said measures needed to be taken to tackle the drinking culture.

This had to be done in a multi-faceted way, he said.

Mr Ross said gardaí stepped up their anti-drink-driving campaign over Christmas and this yielded significant results.

He added that garda numbers will be increased to address the problem, if it continues.