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103 drink-drive arrests recorded in two weeks

The figures come despite a 60% reduction in traffic flow due to coronavirus lock down rules.

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PSNI officers patrol the student area of Belfast known as the Holylands. The area has been blighted by anti-social behaviour over previous years St Patrick’s Day festivities.

PSNI officers patrol the student area of Belfast known as the Holylands. The area has been blighted by anti-social behaviour over previous years St Patrick’s Day festivities.

PSNI officers patrol the student area of Belfast known as the Holylands. The area has been blighted by anti-social behaviour over previous years St Patrick’s Day festivities.

More than 100 drink-drive arrests have been made in the last two weeks.

Some 103 arrests for drink- or drug-driving offences were made despite a 60% reduction in traffic flow due to coronavirus lockdown rules.

The arrests were made by police officers on patrol or at vehicle checkpoints as well as following tip-offs from members of the public, including in some cases from concerned family members.

Inspector Rosie Leech described the figures as “disappointing”.

“At a time when we are all working together to try and minimise unnecessary pressure on our NHS and emergency service colleagues, it is particularly disappointing that so many people have decided to put lives at risk by driving after drinking or taking drugs,” she said.

“We have significant numbers of police officers on duty across the country and are determined to continue our road safety enforcement.

“While I would like to thank all those who reported incidents of people they suspected were driving while under the influence, I would again repeat our road safety appeal – now more than ever please take personal responsibly for road safety.

“Whilst there is less traffic on many roads, we are seeing greater numbers of pedestrians from children through to older people and more cyclists using our road network across all times of the day – so it is critically important that we all look out for each other.”

PA