Belfast Telegraph

PSNI anger over festive drink-drive arrests rise

Ten drink-drivers a day were caught by police in Northern Ireland over the festive period.

The total of 408 is up 7% on the previous year when severe weather reduced traffic levels and officers were busy with protective duties.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay said: "This shows we are making little impact on the behaviour of the residual amount of people in the province who continue to disregard everything that we advise.

"They will have the heartache of suffering penalties in court and losing their licence, but rightly so."

A total of 6,426 drivers were breathalysed during the 2011/12 campaign, which ran from the end of November to the start of this month. The number caught drinking is just over 7% more than the previous year's tally of 364.

He said the ages of those detected ranged from 16-76, while some readings were extraordinarily high, many times over the limit.

Almost six times as many men as women were detected and the average age was 35.

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