Head of Road Traffic Safety ‘amazed’ by large number of drivers arrested for alcohol or drug addiction over Christmas

The number of motorists ignoring road safety advice and choosing to drink or drive over Christmas is ‘astonishing’, Ireland’s road safety chief said.

Garda road safety figures show 914 motorists were banned from driving while intoxicated between November 26 and January 4, and 35 on New Year’s Day.

Garda Siochana made 5,681 checkpoints over Christmas time


Garda Siochana made 5,681 checkpoints over Christmas timeSource: AP Photo / Peter Morrison

Around 19 people also died during this time period – almost twice as many as 10 in 2020. Last year, 134 people died on Ireland’s roads compared to 146 in 2020.

The Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority, Sam Waide, said: “It is astonishing to see the number of people who continue to drink and drive, as it dramatically increases the risk of death and damage. touch. “

The Garda figures also say:

  • 13,950 overspeed detection
  • 15,759 breath tests performed
  • 5,681 checkpoints set up
  • 1,269 fined for driving using a mobile phone
  • 310 fined for not wearing seat belt
  • 525 learner drivers fined for driving unaccompanied

Mr. Waide also slams drivers at high speeds and highlights a shocking indicator of the number of people killed not wearing seat belts.

He added: “Inappropriate speed remains an issue, and even a 5% reduction in average speed can reduce fatal crashes by 30%**.

“It’s alarming to think that 28% of all driver and passenger deaths in 2021, in Ireland, are not wearing seat belts.

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“These behaviors lead to deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

“I am asking those who continue to break the law to reconsider your behavior, as you will most likely be arrested, face the prospect of fines, penalty points, or loss of your license.”

Figures released for Gardai’s Christmas and New Year’s Road Safety Campaign, focusing on alcohol and drug detection along with speeding, seat belts and use mobile phones while driving, Commission Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman said: “As we move into 2022, our thoughts are with the families of the 134 people who have died on our roads in 2021.

“A Garda Síochána is committed to reducing deaths on our roads by 2022 and is asking all road users to make this a priority.

“While the majority of the public listens to and adheres to road safety advice, we want all road users to stay safe.

“During the Christmas period, Gardaí arrested 914 drivers for drunk driving, about one-fifth (21%) of drug-driving arrests occurred between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. afternoon.


“Thirty-five drunk and drug driving incidents happened on New Year’s Day, 12 occurred between 6am and 1pm, which is a bad start to 2022 for some drivers.

“These ongoing findings suggest that some road users continue to ignore road safety advice putting themselves and other road users at risk.

“I would urge all road users to modify their behavior, to heed road safety advice to reduce collisions, avoid unnecessary deaths and to ensure that Our roads are safer by 2022.

“Gardaí did 15,759 breath tests at 5,681 checkpoints over the Christmas period. We’re doing our part and asking for all their laners to play.” Head of Road Traffic Safety ‘amazed’ by large number of drivers arrested for alcohol or drug addiction over Christmas

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