One in ten drivers who were arrested over the festive season were under suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it has revealed.
938 drivers were arrested on suspicion of illegally driving under the influence of an intoxicant since the Christmas and New Year road safety campaign started at the end of last November.
One in 10 arrested by gardaí during the morning were found to have alcohol or drugs in their system.
“It’s a choice to drive intoxicated — and a potentially fatal one,” An Garda Síochána warned when the results of its road safety campaign were published yesterday.
The Road Safety Authority said it was “disappointing” that people were still prepared to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol, even the morning after.
Its analysis of Garda investigation files for fatal collisions shows that 11% of cases where the driver had consumed alcohol occurred between 7am and 11am.
Sunday morning was found to have the highest number of drivers under the influence from the night before, representing 26% of all arrests between 7am and 11am.
The safety campaign highlighted the dangers of driving the morning after consuming alcohol.
New penalties mean drivers detected with a blood alcohol concentration of 50mg-80mg face losing their licence for three months.Tags: