DUI charges rack up

Since Monday, 21 December, 44 people have been breath tested – and 10 of those now face court on charges of DUI.

This figure includes the 16-year-old-boy who was arrested after he crashed a Honda Civic into a concrete pillar injuring himself and the other four occupants of the car on 22 December.

In addition to the 10 arrests for DUI during the past week;

• 226 people have been issued with speeding tickets

• 8 have been found not to be wearing seatbelts, and

• 106 people have been issued with traffic tickets for various offences including failing to stop, failing to indicate and expired vouchers.

That brings the campaign totals to date to;

• 26 DUI arrests

• 777 people issued with speeding tickets

• 147 found not be wearing seatbelts

• 359 people issued with traffic tickets for various offences.

All of the offences were detected either as a result of routine traffic patrols or through the numerous static road checks carried out by officers as part of the Festive Road Safety drive.

Sergeant Kim Ramoon of the RCIPS traffic department said:

‘Our road checks will continue right throughout the New Year and the message from RCIPS is don’t gamble with your safety, don’t risk injuring or killing innocent people on the roads with your selfish actions and don’t risk your livelihood if you need your car for work. Let’s face it if you lose your license you may find you’ll also lose your job.’

But Sergeant Ramoon was keen to stress the need to make sure drivers comply with other aspects of traffic law.

Anyone who has information about people committing road traffic offences or drinking and driving should contact their local police office.