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21/10/2021

341 drink drivers detected in first two weeks of road safety campaign

Earlier this month An Garda Síochána and the RSA launched the  2016 Christmas and New Year anti drink driving campaign which is fronted by the Treacy family who tragically lost their 4-year-old son Ciarán in a road traffic collision involving a drunk driver.

In the first two weeks of the campaign, incrased roads policing activity has yielded a significant increase in detections relating to intoxicated driving with 341 drivers failing to heed the repeated road safety measures about drinking and driving.

Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael Finn said today:- "This (figure) represents 89 drivers more than the same period for last year’s campaign, but more importantly, 89 more high risk drivers taken off the road before a potential tragedy could occur. That I do not however, regret.  I appeal again to every driver thinking of taking a chance with their life or someone else’s. Don’t do it – never, ever drink and drive.

"This significant increase in detections show increased Garda activity but disappointingly shows there are some who still refuse to heed all the safety messages. We will continue to seek out these high risk drivers over the coming weeks on a 24/7 basis, to make the roads safer for all road users.”

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