Drink driving figures fall in Mid-Ulster

Library file photo dated 30/11/2006 of a police officer holding a breath test kit. The 30th annual Christmas drink-drive crackdown was launched today with the aim of arresting a recent rise in the number of alcohol-related road deaths. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 1, 2006. Police will be breathalysing huge numbers of motorists over the next four weeks, as well as looking out for drivers impaired by illegal drugs. See PA story TRANSPORT Alcohol. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA.

Library file photo dated 30/11/2006 of a police officer holding a breath test kit. The 30th annual Christmas drink-drive crackdown was launched today with the aim of arresting a recent rise in the number of alcohol-related road deaths. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 1, 2006. Police will be breathalysing huge numbers of motorists over the next four weeks, as well as looking out for drivers impaired by illegal drugs. See PA story TRANSPORT Alcohol. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA.

0
Have your say

The number of motorists detected drink driving over the Christmas period across Mid-Ulster has fallen by around 30 per cent.

According to the latest figures released by the PSNI, in Cookstown and Magherafelt last year 13 drivers were caught over the limit, while this year 9 were detected.

The figure for the Cookstown area was halved, with 4 motorists caught between 27 November and 2 January 2015, meanwhile in Magherafelt the figure remained the same with 5 motorists detected last year and this year.

The number detected across Northern Ireland was up on last year, in total this year 270 were caught driving under the influence while last year 258 were detected.

This figure includes motorists who were unfit to drive, or who were unable or refused to give a sample.

Commenting on the figures, Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said, “When we launched this operation at the end of November, we warned drivers not to take the risk because Police are determined to catch drink drivers. While the number of detections is slightly higher than last year, it’s difficult to accept this situation as a success, we shouldn’t be detecting anyone drink driving.

“One person was detected at nearly five times the drink drive limit, with a reading of 171 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millimetres of breath while the legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. It’s disappointing that despite our warnings, a minority of people completely disregarded the safety of themselves and others by continuing this shameful and incredibly dangerous practice.”