Sunday 24 February 2019

Louth had one of the lowest levels of drink driving, figures reveal

A handheld drink driving test device
A handheld drink driving test device

Olivia Ryan

Louth had one of the lowest levels of drink incidents recorded in the country, according to recent figures from the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

The figures indicated that the highest number of drink-driving incidents were recorded in Dublin at 6,582, followed by Cork at 3,805.

Based on the driving population, the highest rates are in Limerick and Kerry. The lowest is in Louth;

The Research from the Road Safety Authority also shows that alcohol was a factor in 38pc of fatal road collisions between 2008 and 2012.

On drug driving, 219 motorists were caught in 2016. This rose to 279 last year, and currently stands at 305.

The RSA said people needed to be aware of the facts around drink and drug driving.

'Drink driving is a behaviour that must no longer be tolerated in our society and for that to happen people need to know all the facts. Any amount of it impairs driving and increases the risk of a collision. This is not an opinion, it's a scientific fact,' a spokesman said.

Drink driving is also drink driving no matter what time of the day or week.

'If you have been on a drinking session the night before and got to bed very late, you could still have alcohol in your system.'

'As we can see from our analysis of Garda forensic investigation files, the morning after is a risk zone for alcohol-related fatal crashes as 11pc of fatal collisions in which a driver had consumed alcohol occurred between the hours of 7am and 11am.'

The figures provide a breakdown of drug-driving offences in the capital, where detection rates in total are highest.

There was an increase in the first nine months of this year, up to 23 compared with 17 for all of last year.

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