14 drink drivers caught in Dungannon over Christmas

Library file photo dated 30/11/2006 of a police officer holding a breath test kit. John Giles/PA.
Library file photo dated 30/11/2006 of a police officer holding a breath test kit. John Giles/PA.

The number of motorists detected drink driving over the recent Christmas period has increased in the Dungannon area.

According to latest figures released by the PSNI, between 27 November 2014 and 2 January 2015, 14 drink drivers were detected in Dungannon.

That’s up one on last year when 13 drink drivers were detected during the same period.

The number detected was up across Northern Ireland, 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.”

He continued:“Every year across Northern Ireland, Drinking and driving kills, maims and wrecks families. Police will continue to detect people who insist on driving after having taken drugs or drink.

“We are again appealing for all motorists to consider the consequences of their actions.

“Think about the consequences to yourself and your family of being involved in a serious collision.”