Thursday 27 October 2016

One-in-ten Irish people have gotten behind the wheel after drinking

Published 27/11/2015 | 13:59

One-in-ten drivers admit to drink driving in the last year
One-in-ten drivers admit to drink driving in the last year

One-in-ten Irish drivers have gotten behind the wheel after consuming alcohol this year according to new research released by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

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While 10pc of drivers admitted to driving after drinking, the RSA revealed that just one-in-20 drink drivers is detected by the Gardai based on official statistics.

The RSA revealed that on average 150 drivers are arrested in Ireland each week for driving under the influence, however the recent poll has revealed the number of people drink driving undetected could be significantly higher.

The research found that two in every five drivers who confessed to driving after drinking had more than two drinks, while the remainder consumed one.

The figures suggest that more than 110,000 motorists took their cars on Ireland’s roads throughout 2015, despite being twice over the legal limit.

Speaking of the figures, Moyagh Murdock, RSA chief executive said: “Any amount of alcohol impairs driving. This is not an opinion. It’s a scientific fact. So if you’re heading to an office party or socialising over the Christmas or New Year period, make sure you plan ahead.

“Leave the keys at home and book a taxi or hackney. Use public transport or a designated driver.

“Do not leave it to chance because once you have that first drink, you will not be able to make the right choices.”

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