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790 arrests for 'driving while intoxicated' over Christmas period

790 people were arrested on suspicion of 'driving while intoxicated' over the Christmas and New Y...
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

11.11 27 Jan 2021


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790 arrests for 'driving while...

790 arrests for 'driving while intoxicated' over Christmas period

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

11.11 27 Jan 2021


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790 people were arrested on suspicion of 'driving while intoxicated' over the Christmas and New Year period, gardaĆ­ say.

The arrests happened between December 4th and January 5th.

There were 10 deaths on the roads over the course of the month, compared with 16 during the same period last year.

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Over the course of the month, there were almost 15,000 speed detections, over 1.000 fixed charge notices issued for using phones at the wheel, and over 300 notices issued for not wearing seatbelts.

Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman said all drivers need to remember the basics of road safety.

She said: "The message is clear: never drive if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a combination of both.

"We also ask that drivers increase their compliance with speed limits in order to lower speed related collisions.

"This will reduce injuries on our roads and save lives."

GardaĆ­ previously said one driver in Co Cork was arrested twice on suspicion of drink driving over a single six-hour period in December.

Main image: File photo. Picture by: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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