Statistics highlight fall in number of drivers being breathalysed

Statistics highlight fall in number of drivers being breathalysed

New figures out today show a significant decline in drink driving enforcement levels by Gardaí.

The statistics show a 12.7% drop in the number of motorists found over the legal alcohol limit in 2015 to 6,794 from 7,697 - a fall of 903.

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The Irish Examiner, also showed that the amount of people breathalyzed last year at the side of the road fell to 327,450 in 2015 from 397,513 in 2014 - a decline of nearly 18%.

Liz O'Donnell, Chair of the Road Safety Authority, says breath testing is a necessary deterrent.

Ms O'Donnell said: "We believe that there is a direct link between enforcement and compliance with drink-driving laws.

"We really need a high visibility presence of Gardaí on the roads, accompanied by the fear of enforcement and that's the single biggest factor in changing people's behaviour."

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