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27/10/2021

Concern over increase in drink drive offenders

Number of arrests up by a third on last year

Concern over increase in drink drive offenders

Pictured at the launch of cross-border drink drive campaign on the Derry Donegal border were Garda Insp. Michael Harrison, Brian O'Donnell, Donegal County Council road safety & PSNI Insp. John Miller

Concern has been expressed about the significant increase in the number of drink drive arrests in recent weeks.
Almost 200 arrests have already been made since the launch of the PSNI anti-drink and drug drive operati on 28 November last.
Speaking following the latest public Policing Board meeting, Foyle DUP MLA and Policing Board member. Gary Middleton, revealed he questioned PSNI PSNI Chief Constble, Simon Byrne, on the latest figures relating to arrests for drink driving offences.
Mr Middleton added::”There have been almost arrests. It is deeply concerning that this figure represents an increase of one third in comparison to the same period last year.
“Everyone will welcome that offenders are still being identified and prosecuted but it is disgraceful that some people continue to engage in such behaviour.
“The message should be clear to all drivers - do not drink and drive.
“ One drink could kill. There are too many families across Northern Ireland who are forced to deal with the aftermath of a road traffic collision caused by someone who had consumed alcohol before driving.
“ I welcome the commitment from the PSNI that they will continue to carry out random breath tests as physical deterrents to those who break the law.”

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