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More than 2,200 caught drink driving in Northern Ireland: Police launch winter operation in build-up to Christmas party season

By Kirsten Elder

The PSNI have launched their winter drink drive operation as we approach the Christmas party season.

The operation started on the Belfast Road, Newry, where Police Officers conducted spot checks as they stopped drivers.

Assistant Chief Constable, Alan Todd said: “During the winter drink drive operation last year we detected 258 people who took the risk of killing or injuring themselves, their family, friends and other innocent road users by deciding to drive after drinking.”

He adds: “This figure was particularly disappointing, but considering that some of these people were so drunk, they could barely stand up, it just beggars belief that some people still insist on attempting to drive after drinking.”

The highest reading from last years winter drink drive operation was 151mg, the legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Last years drink drive operation detected 57 women and 194 men who were over the legal limit, and the oldest person was 78-years-old.

The main message from the drink drive operation is that one drink can affect your driving, so don’t have a drink and drive.

Alan Todd said: ”I want all motorists to think about the consequences to yourself and your family of being involved in a serious collision...”

“I do not want officers knocking on doors at any time of year, but especially over Christmas and the New Year, to tell their families that a loved one had been killed on the roads.

He adds: “If everyone slowed down, did not drive after drinking or taking drugs, wore a seatbelt and drove with greater care and attention then together we can reduce this preventable carnage on our roads.”

As temperatures start to drop, take extra care on the roads this winter season and get home safe.

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