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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Court Service: Sharp decline in drink driving cases

Shane Phelan Public Affairs Editor

DRINK driving cases have slumped by 60pc since random breath testing was introduced in 2006, new data published by the Courts Service today reveals.

The figures show yearly declines in the number of drink driving cases being dealt with by the courts and are being seen by road safety authorities as a clear sign less drivers are taking a chance and driving while under the influence.

Last year district courts dealt with 11,329 drink driving cases, compared to 27,836 in 2006.

However, the data also reveals how road traffic legislation remains the most frequently challenged in our courts.

Of the drink driving cases dealt with last year, just 4,200 resulted in disqualifications, 165 people were jailed, 220 motorists received suspended sentences and 63 were ordered to do community service.

Fines were also issued in almost 4,000 of these cases.

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