Concern over increase in drink drive offenders: Middleton

19 December 2019

Foyle DUP MLA and Policing Board member Gary Middleton has voiced concerns about the significant increase in drink drive arrests in recent weeks.

Gary Middleton MLA

Member of the Environment Committee

Gary Middleton

Almost 200 arrests have already been made since the launch of the PSNI anti-drink and drug drive operation on the 28th November 2019.

Speaking following the public Policing Board meeting today Mr Middleton said:

“I questioned the Chief Constable today on the latest figures relating to arrests for drink driving offences. As of today, there have been 195 arrest. It is deeply concerning that this figure represents an increase of one third in comparison to the same period last year. Everyone will welcome that offenders are still being identified and prosecuted but it is disgraceful that some people continue to engage in such behaviour.The message should be clear to all drivers - do not drink and drive. One drink could kill.

There are too many families across Northern Ireland who are forced to deal with the aftermath of a road traffic collision caused by someone who had consumed alcohol before driving.

I welcome the commitment from the PSNI that they will continue to carry out random breath tests as physical deterrents to those who break the law.”

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