Monday 22 January 2018

Two arrested for drink driving during overnight operation

John Twomey, Assistant Garda Commissioner who is in charge of the Traffic Bureau. Photo: Tom Burke
John Twomey, Assistant Garda Commissioner who is in charge of the Traffic Bureau. Photo: Tom Burke

TWO people have been arrested by gardai for suspected drink driving during an overnight operation in Dublin

As part of Operation Artery Gardaí have conducted a number of Super MAT (Mandatory Alcohol Testing) checkpoints overnight in the Dublin area.

Four separate Super MAT one hour checkpoints occurred simultaneously between 12.30 and 1.30 am in various locations around Dublin City.

The locations included, Ballymun Avenue, N11 Stillorgan Road, N7 Clondalkin, N81 Spawell, R136 Ballyowen Road.

During these checkpoints a total of 1,100 vehicles went through the checkpoints, 462 people were breath tested and 2 arrests were made for suspected drink driving.

There were also 21 FCPN fixed charge penalty notices for Road Traffic Offences and 6 vehicles seized (e.g. no tax, no NCT, unregistered taxi).

Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, Garda National Traffic Bureau, said:

"Early this morning we ran a series of highly visible checkpoints around the Dublin area targeting intoxicated driving.

"This is the second weekend in a row that we have conducted checkpoints simultaneously as part of this operation. I would like to thank motorists for their co-operation during these checkpoints and as the figures show the vast majority of people tested were compliant with the legislation.

"I want to also send a very strong message to all drivers and remind them that members of An Garda Síochána are out all around the country, day and night, targeting intoxicated driving. The message is clear, Never ever drink and drive."

The checkpoints involved over 60 Garda Personnel, Traffic Units from all Dublin Garda Divisions and coordinated by Traffic Dublin Castle.

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