Monday 22 December 2014

Hundreds of weekend drivers breath-tested at late-night alcohol checkpoints

Published 12/01/2014 | 21:01

Checkpoint on Naas Road, Dublin 11/12th January. The official An Garda Siochana Twitter account posted this photo with the numbers, '10 Gardaí, 208 vehicles, 45 Breath Tests, No arrests.' (Photo: @GardaTraffic )
Top speed detections at four separate speed checkpoints in DMR South 30km zone were 70km/h, 77km/h & 82km/h (Photo: @GardaTraffic )

Gardai breathalysed hundreds of drivers at separate alcohol checkpoints in the Dublin area late last night.

There was one arrest made as 888 vehicles passed through the Super MAT (Mandatory Alcohol Testing) checkpoints and 302 people were breath-tested.

As well as drink-driving, road offences such as use of seatbelts, vehicle lighting, tyre condition , driving licenses and insurance, NCT and road tax were also checked.

Four separate one-hour checkpoints took place from 11:30pm Saturday night in various locations around Dublin city.

The locations included Drumcondra Road Upper, the Naas Road , Ringsend Road/Pembroke Street and Conyngham Road.

“Last night and early this morning we ran a series of highly visible checkpoints around the Dublin area targeting intoxicated driving and other road traffic offences,” Assistant Commissioner John Twomey of the Garda National Traffic Bureau said.

“I would like to thank motorists for their cooperation during these checkpoints and as the figures show the vast majority of people tested were compliant with the legislation.

“I want to also send a very strong message to all drivers and remind them that members of An Garda Síochána are out in force every night and day, all around the country, targeting intoxicated driving and other key life saver road offences,” he continued.

“Never ever drink and drive”

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