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Number of people drug driving in Ireland doubles during the pandemic

The number of people caught drug driving has doubled in Ireland during the pandemic, with over 2,600 offences last year.

Last year, there were 2,640 incidents of motorists arrested on suspicion of drug driving, the highest in a single year since roadside testing began in 2017.

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Meanwhile, arrests for driving over the legal alcohol limit is continuing to drop, with 988 cases in the first three months of 2021 – the first time the figure has been below 1,000 in a quarter-year.

Communications manager with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) Brian Farrell said the significant increase in drug driving was largely due to the increase in testing.

“From 2019 onwards you’re really seeing guards cracking down on drug-driving,” he said.

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“It’s not that more people are drug-driving, it’s that more guards are trained in how to use the devices, and there being more devices.”

Drugs is a factor in approximately 10% of deadly deadly crashes.

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