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153 drivers arrested on suspicion of drink driving over Easter bank holiday

Published 22/04/2014 | 15:47

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More than 150 drivers were arrested on suspicion of drink driving over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, it has been revealed.

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The figures were revealed this afternoon as gardai announced a targeted operation on mobile phone use while driving would begin later this week.

Assistant Commissioner John Twomey said: "We made very public the fact there would be significant enforcement activity over the Easter period, especially for drink driving - yet 153 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

"These are selfish acts by irresponsible people, and we will continue to target those who put themselves and others at risk".

Meanwhile it has been revealed that almost 10,000 drivers have been found driving while holding a mobile phone this year.

Last year, there were over 28,000 people detected holding a mobile phone whilst driving, the second highest offence detected nationally.

The gardai have said a previous focused operation on mobile phones yielded a 300pc increase on the average daily detection rate.

Statistics show that using a mobile phone increases a driver's risk of being involved in an accident by four-fold.

Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, Garda National Traffic Bureau, said: "We all know how distracting mobile phones can be in any situation, except in the car it can have fatal consequences.

"To avoid penalty points, a fine or worse, be involved in a road traffic collision, always put the phone away when driving.”

Making that call/ holding that phone results in two penalty points and a €60 fine.

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