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Gardaí urge Paddy's Day road safety 15.03.19

SAINT Patrick's Day revellers will be in Inishowen this weekend in their thousands with large crowds expected in all the main centres.
Big throngs are expected particularly at the two main local parades in Buncrana and Moville with activities also planned in other towns and villages.
Motorists are being warned that the Gardaí will out in force targeting drivers under the influence of drink and drugs over the St Patrick’s Weekend, which is traditionally a high risk period for alcohol and drug driving related crashes.
To date in 2019, 34 people have been killed on Irish roads.
Commenting on this year’s St. Patrick’s road safety campaign, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross TD, said: "The Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána have been warning of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs for many years but some motorists continue to ignore them. The introduction of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2018 has increased the penalties for drink driving at lower levels. These penalties apply at any time. Drink driving is drink driving whether it is at midnight or midday and any drink drivers detected with a blood alcohol concentration between 50mg and 80mg now face losing their licence for three months. The aim of road safety legislation is to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads”.
Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid, Roads Policing , An Garda Síochána, said: "Whilst the vast majority of drivers that we test are free from alcohol or drugs, we have detected more drivers this year that are not, which is why An Garda Síochána will have a visible enforcement presence across the country over the St. Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend. This will include a targeted focus on driving under the influence of an intoxicant, whether that is alcohol or drugs or a combination of both. Members of roads policing units across the country will be targeting the times that are linked to alcohol related crashes. In the first two months of 2019, a total of 1,429 people have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This represents a 17% increase in arrests.”
Chief Superintendent Reid added: "Drivers are required to carry their driving licence on their person. If stopped and breathalysed and you don’t have your licence, you will be tested at the lower level. If you fail, you will be arrested and taken to a garda station for further testing. Please remember, the drink driving limit in Ireland is 50mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, however, for learner drivers, novice drivers, professional and commercial drivers, a lower limit of 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood applies. Having a valid driving licence to hand will avoid this situation.”
To date in 2019, 34 people have been killed on Irish roads.
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