Police warn Christmas drink drivers in Northern Ireland

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The number of motorists caught drink driving in Northern Ireland during the Christmas period has risen, according to new figures released by police.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said that 156 drink drivers were caught between 28 November and 19 December.

The figures showed an increase of 22 more motorists caught drink driving than during the same period in 2012.

The youngest person detected drink driving was aged 16 and the oldest was 76 years of age.

Fifty-four people have been killed in collisions on roads across Northern Ireland this year.

Police are advising drivers not to take a single drink and then drive.

Superintendent David Moore said: "I am shocked and disappointed that despite our warnings, there are still people who completely disregard the safety of themselves and others by continuing this shameful, stupid and incredibly dangerous practice.

'Selfish actions'

"Every year across Northern Ireland, drinking and driving kills, maims and wrecks families. Police will not tolerate people who insist on driving after having taken drugs or drink.

"We are again appealing for all motorists to consider the consequences of their actions. We're also appealing to passengers.

"Think about the consequences to yourself and your family of being involved in a serious collision. How would you feel if your selfish actions resulted in you or one of your family being paralysed? How would you feel if some innocent person was killed?"

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