New figures show 150 arrested a week for drink driving in Ireland

New figures show 150 arrested a week for drink driving in Ireland

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) have today released shocking figures which claim that 150 driver are arrested every week for drink driving.

In the run up to Christmas motorists are being called upon to drink aware as gardai and the RSA launched the Christmas and New Year Road Safety Campaign 2015/2016.

The eye-opening figures show than men are far more likely to drink drive with 85.4 per cent of all those prosecuted for driving under the influence being men.

Meanwhile women were responsible for just 14.6 per cent of convictions in 2015.

Those between the ages of 20 – 39 are most likely to drink drive with 56.3% of offenders in that age group. 

0-19 (3.8%), 20-29 (29.9%), 30-39 (26.4%) 40-49 (19.5%), 50-59 (12.9%), 60-69 (5.6%), 70-79 (1.6%) and 80+ (0.3%) 

284,000 drivers, or 1 in 10, have admitted to consuming alcohol before driving in the past 12 months, according to a survey of driver attitudes conducted on behalf of the RSA.

Furthermore, of those who admitted to drink driving, almost 2 out of 5 said they had consumed two or more drinks.

The research shows that the incidence of alcohol consumption is much higher among males, those who drive for work and those who have had a collision/near miss in recent years.

They are also likely to be high speeding and rule violators.

Figures released by the Department of Transport shows that Sunday morning is the time most violators are nabbed.

The majority of people caught drink driving are picked up between midnight and 6am on Sunday morning, followed by early Saturday morning and between 6pm and midnight on Saturday. 

             00:00-06:00 06:00-12:00 12:00-18:00 18:00-00:00 Total
Sunday     16.0%         2.2%          2.6%         6.8%        27.6%

Monday     6.7%          1.0%          2.0%         3.9%        13.7%

Tuesday    3.2%          0.7%          1.4%         3.3%         8.7%

Wednesday 2.4%         0.5%          1.3%         2.9%         7.2%

Thursday    3.4%          0.9%         1.2%         3.9%         9.4%

Friday         4.1%         0.8%         1.3%         6.4%        12.6%

Saturday    10.0%         1.4%         1.8%         7.8%       21.0%

Total          45.7%         7.4%        11.7%       35.1% 

Speaking at the launch of the annual festive road safety campaign, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Paschal Donohoe said:

“While the number of people admitting to drink driving is shocking it is important to acknowledge that the vast majority of people in our society choose not to drink and drive.

“However we still have much to do to completely eliminate the scourge of drink driving from our community. For anyone contemplating getting into the car after consuming alcohol I want to remind you of Gillian Treacy’s heart-breaking victim impact statement.

“Gillian’s description of the crash which resulted in the death of her four year old son Ciaran, must serve as a constant reminder of the very serious and devastating consequences of drink driving. It is a behaviour that must no longer be tolerated in our community.”