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PSNI records drop in festive drink-driving

By Nevin Farrell

The number of drink-drivers detected on Northern Ireland's roads during the PSNI's annual pre-Christmas campaign is lower than last year.

According to figures released yesterday, 132 drink-drivers were detected between November 27 and December 17, 24 less than during the same period last year - but still averaging more than six a day.

This figure includes motorists who were unfit to drive or who were unable or refused to give a sample.

During the campaign, 108 males and 24 females were detected, with the youngest just 17 years of age and the oldest 71. Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said: "When we launched this operation at the end of last month, we warned drivers not to take the risk because police are determined to catch drink-rivers.

"While the figures are down slightly, it's difficult to accept this situation as a success. We shouldn't be detecting anyone drink-driving.

"It's disappointing that despite our warnings, there are still people who completely disregard the safety of themselves and others by continuing this shameful and incredibly dangerous practice. Every year across Northern Ireland, drinking and driving kills, maims and wrecks families.

"Police will not tolerate people who insist on driving after having taken drugs or drink.

"We are again appealing for all motorists to consider the consequences of their actions."

He added: "Think about the consequences to yourself and your family of being involved in a serious collision.

"How would you feel if your actions resulted in you or one of your family being paralysed?

"How would you feel if some innocent person was killed?"

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