Northern Ireland

Drink-driving: 357 arrests in PSNI winter crackdown

A man drinks a pint of beer while his car keys sit on a bar top Image copyright PA
Image caption 357 people arrested for drink driving offences this winter

The PSNI's winter crackdown on drink-driving resulted in 357 arrests last month.

This represents 48 more than during the same period a year earlier.

More than 13,000 motorists were breathalysed from 1 December to 1 January, which is an increase of 16% on the number tested the year before.

Insp Rosie Leech said one person was detected at nearly four times the drink-drive limit.

Image caption Insp Rosie Leech appealed for all road users to put road safety first

She added: "It's disappointing that despite our continued warnings, that a minority of people completely disregarded the safety of themselves and others by continuing this shameful and incredibly dangerous practice."

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