21/12/2018

151 Drivers Arrested In Last Two Weeks On Suspicion Of Drink Driving

Police have arrested 151 drivers and motorcyclists on suspicion of drink driving during the first two weeks of their anti-drink drive operation.

The figure is just three less than last year's operation.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd condemned the high rate and issued a warning to drivers over the upcoming festive period. He said: "Unfortunately, 151 people ignored our warnings. They now find themselves facing the prospect of starting the New Year with a court appearance and losing their driving license."

The figures also reveal that 54 families across Northern Ireland have lost a loved one because of a road traffic collision.
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"Just one drink can impair your decision making. Just one drink can cause a collision. Just one drink could kill. So our message is very simple; Never EVER drink and drive," Chief Constable Todd continued.

The police have also warned that any driver or motorcyclist stopped by police, whether for speeding or using a mobile phone, will be breathalysed.

Anyone involved in a crash or who is suspected to have consumed alcohol or drugs will also be tested.

"I repeat our appeal to anyone going out to enjoy the festivities to put as much effort into planning how to get home safely, as they do planning their night out.

"Arrange a lift with a designated driver who isn't drinking, book a taxi or use public transport."

The PSNI are also warning drivers to look out for pedestrians who may have been drinking, especially in built up areas and in unlit rural areas.

"If everyone follows this advice, then together we can save lives on our roads."



(JG/CM)

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