08 December 2016
North Down DUP MLA Alex Easton has commented on the number of convictions which have been handed out for drink or drugs driving offences between 2013-2015.
The figures were release to him following a question tabled to the Minister of Justice.
Mr Easton said, “In a three year period a total of 6,679 convictions have been handed out to those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That is a truly astonishing number of people who are putting themselves and other road users at risk.
To have a loved one killed or injured by someone who views it acceptable to drive in this state, has a real devastating impact. A zero tolerance approach is needed when it comes to dealing with irresponsible drivers who drink and drive or use drugs and get behind the wheel of a car.
Convictions for drink or drugs driving offences were down to 2,143 in 2015, compared to 2,321 in 2013. I hope this is as a result of more awareness around the impacts and potential dangers.”
He concluded, “As we enter into the heart of the Christmas party season, we should be reminded that to take drugs and get behind the wheel or drink and drive is wrong and will not be tolerated. It could cost lives and those who use alcohol or drugs and are caught will find themselves before the courts. I commend the PSNI for their approach, who have once again used their winter campaign to combat this problem and I would urge the public to take heed of the warnings.”