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Drivers warned of Christmas crackdown 20.12.13

GARDAÍ have warned motorists they will crack down on all driving offences this Christmas including drunk driving, speeding, car defects as well as insurance, NCT and tax breaches.
So far this festive season 413 people nationally have been arrested for drink driving with 26,500 people breath tested. Six people have been killed on the nation's roads so far this month. Gardaí are also distributing 30,000 hi-viz items as part of the force's Christmas Campaign 2013.
Assistant Commissioner John Twomey said: "I want to send a very strong message to all drivers and remind them that members of An Garda Síochána are out in force all around the country, targeting this and other key life saver road offences. Never ever drink and drive. It’s just not worth it."
Meanwhile, interim CEO of the Road Safety Authority, John Caulfield, added: "179 people have died on our roads so far this year, 22 more than the same period last year. And sadly, by the end of this year, road deaths will have increased on Irish roads for the first time since 2005.”
The Garda Christmas enforcement campaign will focus on the key lifesaver offences such as driving under the influence, speeding, using mobile phones and non use of seatbelts. There will be an increase in the number of Mandatory Alcohol Testing MAT checkpoints performed, and they will be carried out on a targeted, 24/7 basis. Speeding enforcement by the GoSafe safety camera vans will also increase to 7,375 hours of monitoring over the month of December. There are also several educational and safety initiatives included in this campaign.
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