Over 160 people arrested for intoxicated driving over St. Patrick’s weekend 2 months ago

Over 160 people arrested for intoxicated driving over St. Patrick’s weekend

74 motorists were arrested on St. Patrick’s Day alone.

An Garda Síochána have revealed that 164 people were arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving over St. Patrick’s weekend.

11 arrests were made between the hours of 8-11am over a three-day period, with 74 drivers arrested on Sunday (St. Patrick’s Day) alone despite warnings from Gardaí that checkpoints would be conducted throughout the weekend.

Four people died in road collisions over the Bank Holiday weekend, bringing the total number of fatalities on Irish roads this year to 39, nine more deaths than the same period in 2018.

An Garda Síochána say that this figure is of great concern to them, to the RSA and to all road safety stakeholders.

Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Garda National Roads Policing Bureau, said: “Four people tragically lost their lives on the roads this bank holiday weekend.

“It has been four years since this number of people lost their lives. Compared to this date last year, there are now nine more people who have died on Irish roads. This is very concerning. We must all re-double our efforts to act responsibly and keep the roads safe. I appeal to every road user to concentrate 100% no matter how they use the roads. Mistakes cost lives.

“In advance of the bank holiday weekend, we widely advertised that we would be out on the roads around the country conducting checkpoints,” Cleary added.

“My thanks go to all those who came through our checkpoints and were driving safely. There were, however, many drivers who were not compliant. There were 164 drivers arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving in the three-day period. 11 were the morning after, between 8am and 11am. 74 on St Patrick's Day itself.

“We will continue to target these irresponsible drivers who put themselves and all other road users at risk. We are committed to making the roads as safe as they should be.”