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More than 100 arrested for drink or drug driving in lockdown

More than 100 people have been caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs in the last fortnight

More than 100 people have been arrested for drink or drug driving in the last fortnight, even though Northern Ireland has been under a coronavirus lockdown.

Police said that although traffic has reduced by 60%, police have still arrested 103 people for drink or drug driving offences.

Some of the arrests were made at vehicle checkpoints and by police on patrol. Officers also received tip-offs from the public, shop and security staff and in some cases, from concerned family members.

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Inspector Rosie Leech said: "At a time when we are all working together to try and minimise unnecessary pressure on our NHS and emergency service colleagues, it is particularly disappointing that so many people have decided to put lives at risk by driving after drinking or taking drugs.

"We have significant numbers of police officers on duty across the country and are determined to continue our road safety enforcement.

"While I would like to thank all those who reported incidents of people they suspected were driving while under the influence, I would again repeat our road safety appeal – now more than ever please take personal responsibly for road safety. Please slow down. Wear a seatbelt. Pay attention to your surroundings. Never ever drink or take drugs and drive."

She said while there is less traffic on the roads, more people are walking or cycling "so it is critically important that we all look out for each other.

“Stay home. Save lives.”


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