Drink-Driving Numbers Still On The Rise In Kerry

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KERRY’S top Garda has expressed his exasperation that the numbers of people drink-driving in the county are still on the increase.

The latest figures were revealed at the latest Joint Policing Committee meeting at Kerry County Council last Friday by Kerry Garda Division Chief Supt Tom Myers.

“I cannot understand in this day and age how people can drink and get behind the wheel of a car,” said the Chief Supt, as he told those present that there were 77 cases of driving/in charge of a vehicle while intoxicated in Quarter 1 2018. This is an 8% rise on the same period in 2017 (71 cases).

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He said that in some cases the people driving were “drunk, not just intoxicated”. He spoke of one incidence near Killarney recently, “where two or three drivers were caught at the one checkpoint”.

Chief Supt Myers said the Roads Policing Unit has increased by seven new members and there would be more visibility of gardaĆ­ on the roads. He said people might get away with drinking and driving once or twice, but they will be caught.

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