Belfast Telegraph

PSNI warning after rise in drink-driving arrests during festive campaign

Police arrested almost 10 people a day on suspicion of drink-driving during a recent campaign.

A total of 137 drivers and motorcyclists were arrested during the first two weeks of this year's festive season operation, five more than the equivalent last year, the PSNI said.

Chief Inspector Diane Pennington said, "When we launched this operation just over a fortnight ago, we warned drivers not to take the risk because we would be carrying out breath tests at authorised vehicle checkpoints day and night across the country.

"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.

"We should not be detecting anyone drink-driving."

She added: "Do not take the risk. The consequence of taking just one drink can be catastrophic."

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