Drink-drivers caught over Christmas - Cookstown:8 Magherafelt; 5

Drink driving
Drink driving

Police have revealed that eight motorists were detected drink-driving in the Cookstown area over the winter season.

In Magherafelt, five drivers were found to be over the alcohol limit.

Overall, the number of drink drivers detected in Northern Ireland over the festive season was down from 273 to 251.

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

Superintendent David Moore said: “Once again, despite our warnings and highly visible police operations, 251 people still took the risk of killing or injuring themselves, their family, friends and other innocent road users by deciding to drive after drinking.

“While we welcome the fact that the vast majority of right thinking people realise that drink driving is shameful and unacceptable, clearly there is still an irresponsible minority who ignore all advice and warnings.

“Worryingly, this year we have also seen an increase in the number of women being detected – from 41 to 57.”

He added: “Whilst the current publicity campaign has ended, the detection of drink driving will remain a year-round priority for police. So far this year, eight people have lost their lives on our roads, so we are once again appealing for everyone to take responsibility for road safety.

“Always wear your seatbelt, reduce your speed, take greater care and attention, and NEVER, EVER, DRINK AND DRIVE.”