The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has urged drivers to act responsibly over the Christmas period and to not fall into the temptation of drinking and driving.
The RSA launched its six-week Christmas and New Year road safety enforcement campaign today at the Garda Headquarters in Dublin.
RSA chief Sam Waide stated that the morning after was the real danger to drink-driving with one in four drivers admitting to driving over the limit the morning after.
“A previous analysis of An Garda Síochána investigation files for fatal collisions by the RSA, shows that 11% of fatal collisions, in which a driver had consumed alcohol, occurred between 7am and 11am.”
Gardaí will start the enforcement campaign from this weekend and will be conducting mandatory intoxicant testing checkpoints around the country.
Deputy Commissioner Ann Marie McMahon stated, “We will also be targeting other lifesaver offences, including speeding, not wearing seat belts and mobile phone use by drivers”.
A focus will also be placed on unaccompanied learner drivers.
To date, almost 4,000 drivers have been arrested for drink driving this year with 3,300 arrested for drug driving.
Head of the Medical Bureau of Road Safety Professor Denis Cusak stated, “Drink driving is not going away and detection of it has increased.”
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