‘Huge increase’ in drink driving

EVEN before the Chirstmas/New Year crackdown on drink driving gets under way, a Limerick garda district yesterday reported a 26% increase in the incidents of drink driving so far this year.

Supt Frank O’Brien, head of the Roxboro Road district which includes both urban and rural areas, said: “It is a huge increase, when one considers all the campaigns that are ongoing to create more public awareness about drink driving and the accidents and fatalities it leads to. Unfortunately people are not taking heed of the message. They are taking the chance and paying the penalty.”

He said they have ongoing traffic operations to crack down on drink driving and these will be intensified for the Christmas/New Year period.

“Traditionally one would expect November to be a quiet time regarding drink driving offences with many people giving up alcohol for the month. But the overall figure has remained on the increase and the trend of a 26% increase in the number of drink drivers being arrested has persisted.”

Supt O’Brien said they were also targeting burglars who have been very active in the southside of the city in recent weeks. He said a small number of opportunists are involved and on the lookout for any house which may not be secured.

He said: “They go for items such as laptops which are easy to carry away. It is also surprising the number of people who have alarms fitted and often don’t have them switched on.”

Residents of Oakwood, off the Childers Road will meet on Thursday night at the Claughaun GAA club to form a neighbourhood watch and will be addressed by Sgt Liam Sheehan, crime prevention officer.

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