YOUNG male drivers are being caught in increasing numbers just over the drink drive limit during the so-called "morning after" – most commonly around 11am on Sundays.
Many of them are heading for sports matches or training, it is believed.
The garda report on drink-driving published yesterday also says that a significant number of cases involve male drivers, aged between 23-32, who were found to be more than double the new lower limit of 50mgs.
This dispels the belief that the drink drive message had gotten through to this group and that most of the problem centred on middle-age motorists.
And gardai and the Road Safety Authority expressed concern at the disclosure that those found most drunk behind the wheel – more than three times the legal limit – are aged 38-47.
While arrests have halved, the research shows that the number of females aged 58-67 being arrested has not fallen.