Gardaí arrest total of 16 people on Christmas Day for driving while under influence
Gardaí arrested a total of 16 people on Christmas Day for driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.
This compares to 11 arrests for Christmas Day 2018.
Gardaí today described the arrests as a "huge increase and a worrying trend".
More than 650 drivers have been arrested in total on suspicion of intoxicated driving since the Christmas Road Safety Campaign began on November 29.
There will be an increased Garda presence on the roads over the Christmas period.
In a statement issued today, gardaí wrote; "Too many families have lost loved ones to drink and drug driving.
"An Garda Síochána are pleading with people to stop taking risks, make the right decisions and never ever drive while under the influence of drink or drugs.
"To all persons driving throughout the Christmas period, please be responsible and safe. Do not put yourselves or other road users at risk. Operate within the applicable speed limits and never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs."
They added; "Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol."