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garda warning Almost 800 motorists arrested for drink driving over festive period

The arrests were made as part of An Garda Siochana's Christmas and New Year road safety campaign.

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Gardai conduct checkpoints

Gardai conduct checkpoints

Gardai conduct checkpoints

Gardai arrested 790 motorists for driving under the influence as part of its Christmas and New Year road safety campaign.

The campaign, carried out between 4 December up until 5 January this year, primarily focused on detecting if motorists had consumed alcohol or drugs

Over the course of the operation, officers carried out 12,858 breath tests and manned 5,513 checkpoints.

Gardai say despite reduced traffic for certain periods over Christmas, the numbers detected for driving under the influence has remained high.

A total of 10 fatalities on our roads during the period between 4 December to 5 January, a reduction of six fatalities when compared the same dates in 2019.

In 2020, there were a total of 148 fatalities on Irish roads, an increase of 6pc in comparison with the 140 fatalities that occured over the same period in 2019.

Another key part of the Christmas and New Year Safety campaign was National Slow Down Day, which took place on 11 and 12 of December to detect speeding motorists.

The operation consisted of high visibility speed enforcement across the 1,300 speed enforcement zones, as well as the delivery of a road safety message through national, local and social media.

Overall, gardai and GoSafe checked 186,125 vehicles and detected 892 vehicles travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit.

Some 85,233 drivers were found to be compliant and drove within the speed limit.

Gardai also issued 1,096 Fixed Charge Notices (FCNs) for use of mobile phones, while 314 FCNs were issued over seatbelt use.

Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman, of the Roads Policing and Community Engagement Bureau continues to appeal to all road users to remember the basics of road safety.

"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."

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