Christmas drink driving arrests


Sixteen people were caught drink driving in Derry over the Christmas period, new figures reveal.

The PSNI statistics also reveal that four people were caught in Limavady and seven in Strabane during the 2013 Winter Drink Drive Campaign. Across the north the number of arrests fell from 273 in 2012 to 251 last year.

“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,” PSNI, Head of Operations Branch, Superintendent David Moore said, adding that more than 4500 drivers had been breathylsed during the campaign.

“The 251 people who were subsequently arrested have begun 2014 with the prospect of going to court where they will almost certainly lose their driving licence. They should count themselves lucky. They could have lost their own life or destroyed the lives of others had police not stopped them. 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,“ he said.

Lisburn and Armagh (both 19) had the highest number of arrests across the north’s PSNI areas.

“Our aim with this and every road safety initiative is to save lives and reduce injuries, which is why we ran operations day and night and not just during the weekends or key dates,” he added.