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Drink drive operations will last until January

PACEMAKER BELFAST     23/10/07
PSNI anti-drink driving illustration picture.
Lower drink-driving limits could soon be introduced across Ireland, in line with most European countries.
In both jurisdictions, it is currently 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
However, Stormont Environment Minister Arlene Foster has told the assembly her department is looking at bringing in a lower limit.
In Dublin, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is expected to announce measures putting drivers who drink a half pint of strong beer or glass of wine at risk of a ban.
The new 50mg/100ml limit would come into effect in the Republic of Ireland early next year.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 23/10/07 PSNI anti-drink driving illustration picture. Lower drink-driving limits could soon be introduced across Ireland, in line with most European countries. In both jurisdictions, it is currently 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. However, Stormont Environment Minister Arlene Foster has told the assembly her department is looking at bringing in a lower limit. In Dublin, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is expected to announce measures putting drivers who drink a half pint of strong beer or glass of wine at risk of a ban. The new 50mg/100ml limit would come into effect in the Republic of Ireland early next year. Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Not even one – because just one drink can kill, is the key message from local police as this year’s winter drink drive operation got underway.

Chief Superintendent Brian Kee detailed the drink driving detections across the Ballymena, Coleraine, Larne, Moyle and Ballymoney areas last Christmas and his message this year: “Across the local policing district during the winter drink drive operation last year, police detected 25 people who were over the limit.”

Chief Superintendent Kee continued: “I do not want officers knocking on doors at any time of the year, but especially over Christmas and the New Year, to tell families that a loved one has been killed on the roads.

“If everyone slowed down, did not drive after drinking or taking drugs, wore a seatbelt and drove with greater care and attention then together we can reduce this preventable carnage on our roads.”

The winter drink drive operation will last until the new year and involve road safe operations across Ballymena, Coleraine, Larne, Moyle and Ballymoney.

 
 
 

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