18/12/2015

42% Rise In Drink Drivers

The number of drink drivers in Northern Ireland has increased by over 42% compared to the same time last year, according to the police.

Preliminary figures have revealed 104 drink drivers were detected between 26 November and 09 December, 31 more than during the same period last year. The figure includes motorists who were unfit to drive, or who were unable or refused to give a sample.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said: "When we launched this operation at the end of last month, we warned drivers not to take the risk because police would be redoubling efforts to prevent and detect people drink driving.
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"While we have tested and detected more people, it's difficult to accept this situation as a success. We shouldn't be detecting anyone drink driving. It's disappointing that despite our warnings, there are still people who completely disregard the safety of themselves and others by continuing this shameful and incredibly dangerous practice.

"Every year across Northern Ireland, Drinking and driving kills, maims and wrecks families. Police will not tolerate people who insist on driving after having taken drugs or drink. We are again appealing for all motorists to consider the consequences of their actions.

"Think about the consequences to yourself and your family of being involved in a serious collision. How would you feel if your actions resulted in you or one of your family being paralysed? How would you feel if some innocent person was killed?

"Particularly, as we approach one of the busiest weekends for socialising, people need to think ahead and plan how to get home with just as much care as they put into planning where to go and what to wear. People out for the night should get a lift home with a non-drinking friend or family member, or a licensed taxi driver."

(CD)

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