Drink-drive convictions down 30pc in four years
Published 14/07/2011 | 05:00
THE number of people convicted of drink-driving has dropped by close to a third in four years, writes Louise Hogan .
A spokesman for the Road Safety Authority (RSA) said its analysts would have to examine the latest figures from the 2010 Courts Service report before commenting on whether the dangers of drink driving were being heeded by motorists.
The number of road traffic offences dropped to 313,565 last year -- down 6pc on 2009.
There were 5,362 dangerous driving offenses, involving 3,691 defendants. This was a drop of 6pc on the previous year.
Drink-driving offences also slumped by 13pc to 21,153 during 2010.
This represents a 30pc drop-off since 2007.