Gardaí have revealed that over 300 drivers have been arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving in the past 13 days of increased checkpoints and road safety campaigning before Christmas.
In total, 264 drivers have been detected driving under the influence of alcohol while 37 people have been detected driving under the influence of drugs.
Tragically 136 people have lost their lives on Irish roads to date – an increase of 8 in comparison to the same period last year.
With less than two weeks to go until the Christmas holidays, Garda have urged all motorists to slow down and never ever drink and drive: “To all persons driving throughout the Christmas period, please be responsible and safe. Do not put yourselves or other road users at risk. Operate within the applicable speed limits and never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”