Friday 30 September 2016

Articulated truck driver arrested for drink-driving on one of the country's busiest roads

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 29/03/2016 | 12:00

Gardai tweeted about the incident from their official Twitter account
Gardai tweeted about the incident from their official Twitter account

The driver of an articulated truck was arrested for drink-driving on one of the country's busiest roads yesterday afternoon.

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The man was pulled over by a member of the Naas Traffic Corps in Naas, Co Kildare at approximately 5.30pm.

He was passing through Cherryville, Co Kildare, on the M7 motorway at the time.

A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána told Independent.ie that the officer performed a breath alcohol test, and the results indicated the driver was over the legal limit.

The legal limit for a professional driver is 20mg/100ml (0.2), substantially lower than the limit for casual drivers, 50mg/100ml (0.5).

The driver was arrested at the scene and Gardaí tweeted a photograph of the vehicle's wheels and a line about the incident before the truck was seized.

The operation was part of a Garda road safety campaign to combat drink driving and excessive speed over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Earlier in the day, the Naas Traffic Corps impounded a vehicle along the N7 when they discovered it had not been taxed since 2013.

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