Statistics for detections jump from 28 to 41 in South

Surge in Christmas drink driving figures ‘disappoints’ area’s top cop

By Paul Ainsworth

SOUTH Belfast’s top cop has spoken of his “disappointment” at local drink driving figures for the recent Christmas period, which look set to reveal a rise from the previous year.

Chief Inspector Gabriel Moran hit out after early statistics show a total of 41 people were detected driving after consuming alcohol across Belfast’s ‘B District, which incorporates the south and east of the city. This figure is up from 28 in the 2010/11 period

The PSNI have yet to reveal how many offenders hail from South Belfast, but with such a high overall rise it is feared a significant number of locals here took the decision to get behind the wheel after a festive drink.

Speaking with the South Belfast News, CI Moran said although the problem spikes over Christmas, drink driving was a “year-round” problem.

“It’s disappointing to record that 41 people in South and East Belfast were detected for driving after drinking, and that it is up from the previous year’s figure. Police across South Belfast are nevertheless determined to make the roads safer for everyone and have been proactive in detecting those committing this offence during the Christmas campaign.

“Of course, this remains a year-round activity and by working with the community we will continue to educate drivers about the very real dangers of this, and will continue to detect the stubborn minority who fail to heed the warnings.”

 

“It’s disappointing to record that 41 people in South and East Belfast were detected for driving after drinking, and that it is up from the previous year’s figure. ”

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