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Drunk driver travelling with child in car caught during police blitz

By Deborah McAleese

Published 15/12/2015

This car ended up on its roof after a one-vehicle collision on the M1 motorway
This car ended up on its roof after a one-vehicle collision on the M1 motorway
This car ended up on its roof after a one-vehicle collision on the M1 motorway

A drunk motorist was caught behind the wheel with a child in the car during a major police crackdown, officers have warned.

Police reissued a drink-drive warning after a number of motorists were arrested during the weekend for driving while over the legal alcohol limit.

One offender was almost four times above the drink-driving limit, the police said.

Another motorist, who crashed on the M1 motorway, was found to be twice the legal alcohol limit for driving - 11 hours after their last drink. Police said the driver had a "narrow escape". Officers in Newry and Mourne said that from Friday evening to Monday morning they made seven arrests for drink-driving and seized two vehicles from motorists.

"The suspects ranged in age from 21 to 74 and were both male and female. One of the highest readings was just below FOUR times the legal limit. One of the drivers had a small child in the vehicle with them," officers from Newry and Mourne PSNI wrote on their Facebook page. They added that two of the drivers had no insurance either, so they took their vehicles.

"Could you live with the shame? The shame of losing your job, your family leaving you, not having a licence or maybe even being responsible for someone's death?" the officers wrote.

PSNI road policing officers posted a photograph of a one-vehicle car crash on the M1. The car, which ended up on its roof, was badly damaged in the accident. The driver of the car was suspected of being over the drink-driving limit.

The officers said: "Unfortunately some people are still not listening to our advice about drink-driving and are putting lives at risk. This driver had a narrow escape over the weekend on the M1.

"After arrest by road policing officers, they were found to be nearly twice the legal limit, despite it being 11 hours since their last drink."

Also, motorway patrol officers in Co Antrim arrested two suspected drink-drivers at the weekend. One was found to be two-and-a-half times the legal limit, the PSNI said.

Police launched their winter drink-drive operation last month in a bid to deter potential offenders and catch those over the limit.

Road safety operations are also being coordinated in border areas with officers from An Garda Siochana traffic corp.

During last year's winter drink-drive operation 270 offenders were caught.

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