New figures reveal 2014 drink driving prosecutions fallen by 25pc when compared to 2013
There was a sizeable reduction in the number of drink driving prosecutions brought before the courts in 2014.
Figures contained in the Courts Service of Ireland's annual report 2014 show that there were 8,477 court orders made by the District Court in respect of drink driving offences in 2014. That number represents a 25pc decrease on the number of drink drivers prosecuted in 2013 and a 33pc decrease on 2012's figure.
However, road traffic offences continue to feature prominently in the courts, with 62% of orders made in the District Court relating to road traffic offences by motorists.
Overall, the information released today by the Courts Service showed a decrease in prosecutions for criminal matters.
Minor drug offences were down 15pc when compared with 2013's figure.
Public order offences dropped by a quarter, and the number of 'very serious' criminal cases dropped by 10pc - 114 defendants
were brought before Central Criminal Court. This represents a 9pc decrease on 2013.
The state obtained 21 murder convictions and 125 rape convictions during 2014.
Meanwhile, fraud and theft were the most common matters dealt with by the Circuit Courts.