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Garda appeal Road safety appeal issued after suspected drink-driving crash in Donegal

Please make it your resolution this year to never drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Make road safety a priority in 2021"

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Scene of the crash in Donegal

Scene of the crash in Donegal

An Garda Siochana

Scene of the crash in Donegal

Donegal Gardaí have urged motorists to make road safety a priority in 2021. 

They made the appeal after attending a road traffic accident in the early hours of this morning in Letterkenny.

“The driver of the vehicle involved was arrested on suspicion of drink driving", gardai revealed on a post alongside a picture of the crashed car.

“Please make it your resolution this year to never drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Make road safety a priority in 2021,” they added.

The Annual Christmas and New Year Road Safety Appeal for 2020 that commenced on Friday, December 4 and runs until Tuesday, January 5 is primarily focused on Mandatory Intoxicant Testing – detecting those who drive having consumed alcohol or drugs.

On the weekend the campaign commenced, Gardaí nabbed 85 people driving under the influence of alcohol and 26 driving under the influence of drugs.

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Accident sign (stock photo)

Accident sign (stock photo)

Accident sign (stock photo)

Despite traffic volumes being reduced by up to 70% at times this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a 133% increase in the amount of people detected driving under the influence of drugs on our roads (2537 have been detected to date in 2020 which compares to 1192 detections for the same period in 2019).

Speaking at the launch, Assistant Commissioner, Paula Hilman, Roads Policing and Community Engagement, said: "An Garda Síochána would ask all road users to remember the basics of road safety. Our message is clear - do not drive if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a combination of both.

"We have a shared responsibility to help each other to stay safe on our roads this Christmas. An Garda Síochána will be visible on our roads playing our part.

Ms. Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson, Road Safety Authority, added: "The consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs can be devastating. I would appeal to anyone about to drive after drinking alcohol to stop and wait until they are alcohol free and safe to drive.

"If you see a friend or family member about to drive while under the influence, please intervene, offer to get them a taxi or if necessary, call the Gardai. Allowing someone drive while under the influence is simply not worth the risk.

"We want everyone to enjoy the festive period, but we want people to do so sensibly and safely.”

Professor Denis Cusack, Medical Bureau of Road Safety, said: "drink and drug driving remain major problems for road safety in Ireland, particularly at a time when we see road deaths increasing.

“The number of sample tests by the Bureau for drugs has increased dramatically. This is despite two significant Covid-19 lockdowns and a decrease in traffic volumes.”

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