DECADE OF DRINK DRIV­ING RE­VEALED

WARN­ING OF SE­RI­OUS CON­SE­QUENCES FOR DRUG OR DRINK DRIV­ING

Bray People - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

FIG­URES re­leased in re­cent days have ex­posed the ar­eas of County Wick­low most prone to drink and drug driv­ing.

Re­leased by the Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent, the fig­ures re­veal a sta­tion by sta­tion break­down of the num­ber of in­ci­dents of both drink and drug driv­ing over the past decade.

In County Wick­low, there are 81,070 li­cences held by driv­ers and an over­all to­tal of 3,544 cases of drink driv­ing were de­tected by Gar­daí as well as 151 for il­le­gal drugs in the past ten years.

The high­est de­tec­tion rates were recorded in the county’s main ur­ban cen­tres with Bray com­ing in high­est with 909 for al­co­hol and 37 for drugs. In Wick­low there were 573 and 22 for al­co­hol and drugs re­spec­tively while in Ark­low there were 473 and 16 re­spec­tively.

Next on the list was Grey­stones with a 296 al­co­hol de­tec­tions and six for drugs while Bless­ing­ton had 271 for al­co­hol and eight for drugs.

In Ash­ford, there were 234 al­co­hol de­tec­tions and 23 for drugs com­pared with 195 for al­co­hol in Balt­in­glass and three for drugs. There were just two al­co­hol de­tec­tions sep­a­rat­ing Rath­drum and New­town­moun­tkennedy which had 112 and 110 de­tec­tions for al­co­hol re­spec­tively and 13 and 11 for drugs.

In ru­ral Wick­low, there were no drug driv­ing de­tec­tions in Carnew, Ti­na­hely or Dunlavin but the ar­eas had al­co­hol de­tec­tion fig­ures of 54, 52, 47 re­spec­tively.

In En­niskerry, the al­co­hol de­tec­tion rate was 43 with three for drugs over the ten years and in Shil­le­lagh there were 36 for al­co­hol and one for drugs.

Fi­nally, Aughrim Garda Sta­tion de­tected 26 al­co­hol cases and two for drugs.

The rate in Wick­low per 1,000 came in at 43.715 for the al­co­hol de­tec­tions and at 1.863 for drugs.

This com­pares with a rate of 52,852 in neigh­bour­ing Wex­ford for al­co­hol and 1.257 for drugs and in Kil­dare 41.322 for al­co­hol and 0.861 for drugs.

Com­ment­ing on the fig­ures, Supt Paul Ho­gan from the Wick­low Di­vi­sion said that there is an im­proved re­al­i­sa­tion that all driv­ers have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to not just them­selves but to their pas­sen­gers, and other road users and the wider com­mu­nity to keep the roads safe and a fail­ure to do so is no longer so­cially ac­cept­able.

He added that tighter leg­is­la­tion and im­proved tech­nol­ogy make it eas­ier for con­vic­tions to be se­cured.

‘My hope is that in this com­ing year Gar­daí will not have to in­form any fam­i­lies of the death of their loved ones or at­tend any in­quests or court cases aris­ing from fa­tal col­li­sions. This can be achieved by driv­ers and all road users tak­ing their driv­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties se­ri­ously.

‘ The mes­sage from the statis­tics is that if you drive while un­der the in­flu­ence of an in­tox­i­cant you will be caught and the con­se­quences are se­ri­ous,’ added Supt Ho­gan.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Ho­gan.

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