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Video: Northern Ireland drink drive crackdown sees hundreds of motorists arrested at police checkpoints


Hundreds of people have been caught drink-driving in Northern Ireland, as part of the PSNI's 2016 Christmas drink drive crackdown.

Preliminary figures show 241 drivers were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence between November 24 and December 18. That's a small increase of 1.7% compared to the previous year.

Chief Inspector Diane Pennington said: “When we launched this operation at the end of last month, we warned drivers not to take the risk because we would be using new legislation to perform random breath tests at vehicle checkpoints day and night across the country.

"Thankfully it would appear that many people are heeding our warnings as there has been a noticeable decline in the second and third weeks, despite the increase in preliminary tests being carried out.

“However, it is difficult to accept these figures 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.

“Just one drink can impair ability to drive. Once again we have stopped some drivers who were so drunk, they could barely stand. This is just unacceptable behaviour."

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