N Ireland drink-drive numbers down

Northern Ireland saw a 24% drop in the number of people caught drink-driving over the Christmas period, figures show.

The drop of almost a quarter came despite a rise in the number of motorists stopped and tested.

Only 477 of 5,500 motorists tested were over the legal limit, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) revealed.

A total 152 fewer people were over the limit compared with 12 months ago, while 114 more roadside tests were performed.

Drink-drive levels were highest in the PSNI's E and F districts, in the south and west of the province. The lowest number was recorded in B district, which covers south and east Belfast.

Assistant Chief Constable Roy Toner said: "While we welcome the fact that the vast majority of right-thinking people realise that drink driving is shameful and unacceptable, clearly there is still an irresponsible minority who ignore all advice and warnings."

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