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177 arrests for driving under influence over bank holiday


A total of 177 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs over the course of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Latest figures from gardaí show that over the course of their Easter road safety campaign, which was held between 7am last Thursday and 7am this morning, more than 5,000 roadside drug and alcohol tests were carried out.

Over a quarter of arrests for driving under the influence of an intoxicant occurred between the hours of 8am and 2pm.

Of the 177 arrests, 36 came within the last 24 hours of the garda operation.

Over the course of the weekend, more than 2,600 motorists were detected speeding on Irish roads, including one driver clocked at 126km/h in a 50km/h zone on the Tonglee Road in Dublin.

Among the other notable speeding incidents were a motorist caught doing 193km/h in a 120km/h zone on the M1 at Bellewstown in Co Meath, as well as someone detected at 104km/h in a 60km/zone in Buncrana, Co Donegal.

There were three fatalities on Irish roads between Friday and Monday, while 13 serious collisions took place which resulted in serious injury.

Sixteen people more have died on Irish roads compared to the same time last year.

In addition to speeding offences, more than 220 motorists were found to be driving while using a mobile phone, while 77 were not wearing seatbelts.


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