Fewer festive drink-drivers caught

A total of 414 motorists who crossed the legal alcohol consumption limit have been caught by the police over the festive season in Northern Ireland.

Of this, 357 were men and 57 were women. However, the number of motorists tested positive for drink-driving this year is 13% down on the same period last year.

Six of those who are facing driving bans had crossed the legal limit four time, police said.

During the festive season, police stopped and breathalysed 5,780. A 16-year-old motorist was the youngest driver to be tested positive, while the oldest was aged 80.

Duncan McCausland, assistant chief constable, said those caught drink-driving begin 2010 with the possibility of losing their driving licences.

He continued: "They should count themselves lucky. They could have lost their own life or destroyed the lives of others had police not stopped them.

"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"

Mr McCausland said although the festive drink-drive campaign has ended, police would continue look out for drink drivers throughout the year.

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