In the first two weeks of this year’s Christmas anti-drink driving campaign, 341 drivers across Ireland have been detected drink driving according to Gardai.
“This represents 89 drivers more than the same period for last year’s campaign, but more importantly, 89 more high risk drivers taken off the road before a potential tragedy could occur,” Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn said today. “That I do not however, regret. I appeal again to every driver thinking of taking a chance with their life or someone else’s. Don’t do it – never, ever drink and drive”
He went on to say: "This significant increase in detections show increased Garda activity but disappointingly shows there are some who still refuse to heed all the safety messages. We will continue to seek out these high risk drivers over the coming weeks on a 24/7 basis, to make the roads safer for all road users.”
Earlier this month, An Garda Síochána and the RSA launched the Christmas and
New Year anti drink driving campaign. This was heavily publicised across all broadcast mediums, particularly social media, and was fronted by the Treacy family who tragically lost their 4 year old son Ciarán in a road traffic collision involving a drunk driver.
To date this year, there have been 182 road deaths in Ireland, an increase of 34 on this date last year.
Between January and October 2016 there have been 6,629 arrests for driving under the influence, 406 more (6.5%) than this period last year. There were 665 arrests for driving under the influence during last year’s Christmas Campaign.
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