Editorial: Road safety requires constant vigilance
Published 07/08/2014 | 02:30
The 60pc drop in the number of drink-driving prosecutions since 2006, when random breath testing was introduced, is a dramatic and welcome development. It is not just drink driving that has been aggressively addressed by lawmakers - a report by the Courts Service has shown major changes in the prevalence of and prosecution of road traffic offences over the last 10 years.
As well as drink driving, dangerous driving prosecutions have also reduced by almost a third in recent years.
Last year, the District Court handed down almost 4,000 fines and disqualified more than 4,000 drivers, with 165 people jailed for drink driving alone.