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PSNI targets drink-drivers in Northern Ireland

By Michael McHugh

Some drivers stopped on the roads last winter were so drunk they could barely stand up, police in Northern Ireland have said.

One person caught during a crackdown on boozing motorists was more than four times the legal limit, according to force figures.

A total of 258 people were caught drink-driving last Christmas and the PSNI has warned it will be conducting more operations this Christmas.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said: "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."

This year, police intend to co-ordinate road safety operations across border counties with gardai.

A total of 18 of the 73 people killed on roads across Northern Ireland this year have died in collisions in the wider Newry area.

Mr Todd said the consequences of drink-driving could be catastrophic.

"People don't accidentally have a beer or glass of wine - they make a conscious decision," he said.

"The only right decision to make is to leave the car or motorbike at home if you are drinking."

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