408 drink driving arrests over Christmas

Preliminary figures issued by the PSNI last week indicate that the number of drivers arrested for drink driving related motoring offences increased this year.  The 408 arrests took place in the period from 25th November 2011 to 3rd January 2012 and include those caught drink driving, unfit to drive through drink or drugs and those refusing to give a sample.  This is compared to 364 detections during the same period in 2010/11.

The breakdown of the figures shows men were more likely to offend than women and the age of offenders ranged from 16 to 76 years old.

Commenting on the story motoring solicitor Gary Adair said:

“If you are charged with drink driving or a related road traffic offence you will almost certainly lose your licence for a period of time.  For many this will have a detrimental effect on their job and/or family life.

“It is important for all those charged with driving offences to speak to a solicitor to ensure the PSNI have conducted the necessary checks correctly and to keep any period of disqualification to a minimum.”

If you require legal advice in Northern Ireland in respect of a motoring offence, contact one of our specialist road traffic offences solicitors by calling freephone number 0800 840 0546 or via email at criminal@wilson-nesbitt.co.uk