Dundalk gardai anger at spike in drink-driver arrests over weekend

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Dundalk gardai anger at spike in drink-driver arrests over weekend

Dundalk gardai anger at spike in drink-driver arrests over weekend

Dundalk gardai say they are furious that Louth motorists “aren't getting the message” after five people were arrested for drink driving offences in "treacherous conditions" over the past weekend.

Over a three day period between Friday, February 9 and Sunday, February 11, five individuals were arrested for drink driving offences in the locality. Gardai stopped the motorists in Faughart, Kilcurry, the Long Walk and Bellewsbridge Road for being over the limit.

A garda spokesperson said: “We are extremely disappointed that after all the anti-drink driving campaigns out there, the message still doesn't seem to be getting across.

“There are treacherous conditions on the roads at this time of the year without having people driving not at their full capacity after taking drink.”

The gardai spokesperson added that the five individuals would be “dealt with through the courts”.

Figures released by the Courts Service last year revealed that Louth motorists are the third highest offenders for drink driving convictions nationally.

3.54% of Louth motorists had a drink-driving conviction in the period between 2007 and April 2017, according to the statistics.

The figures also revealed that Monaghan had the highest rate of drink driving convictions in the country with 4.38% of motorists being charged with the offence in the same period followed by Cavan with a rate of 3.68%.

According to the stats Dundalk also ranked as the second highest in the country for rates of alcohol-related driving convictions in Ireland's major towns over the same period.