Men 'majority of drink drive offenders'

Published Friday, 21 December 2012
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The first week of the PSNI's anti-drink driving campaign for 2012 has seen a drop in detections, with the majority of those caught being men.

Men 'majority of drink drive offenders'
The PSNI campaign has so far seen a drop in detections. (© PSNI)

There were 134 drink drivers detected between 29 November and 21 December - this was 88 less than during the same period last year.

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

Twenty three women were caught compared to 111 men.

The youngest person detected was 16 years of age while the oldest was 86.

Superintendent Mark Purdon, Head of Operations Branch, said he was shocked and extremely disappointed that people were "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."

"Think about the consequences to yourself and your family of being involved in a serious collision. How would you feel if your selfish actions resulted in you or one of your family being paralysed? How would you feel if some innocent person was killed?"

The senior police officer continued: "Already this year, 46 people have been killed in collisions on roads across Northern Ireland, while that's nine less than this time last year, I do not want police officers knocking on any more doors this year, to tell families that a loved one has been killed in a collision.

"While our high profile series of roads policing operations will continue to target drink drivers day and night throughout the coming weeks, the sad reality is that more people will be caught drink driving during this campaign.

"Drink and drive and at best, you are likely to be caught, arrested and brought before the courts. You will almost certainly lose your licence for one or more years, will be fined, and will have great difficulty in obtaining car insurance in the future. You also risk losing your job or going to jail."

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