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184 arrests for drug and drink driving across Easter weekend with 10 serious traffic collisions

Eoghan Moloney – 8h agoFollow

23rd April 2022

There were 184 arrests for drink and drug driving across the Easter bank holiday weekend, Gardaí have said.

Some 111 people were arrested for drink driving and 73 arrests were made for drug driving, figures released by An Garda Síochána show. This is across 930 checkpoints which were held between 7am on Thursday, April 14 up until 7am on Tuesday, April 19.

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There were also 1,800 speeding offences recorded across the weekend.

This followed an appeal for road users to take greater care on the road over the Easter Bank Holiday due to a “worrying increase” in road deaths so far in 2022.

There has been an almost doubling of the number of fatalities on Irish roads this year compared to 2021.

Fifty-two people have died on Irish roads so far in 2022, including two people who lost their lives across the Easter weekend.

There were ten serious collisions reported across the weekend with 13 injured and two fatalities, while 166 people were fined for driving while using mobile phones 61 offences for driving without a seatbelt last weekend.

Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman of the Roads Policing and Community Engagement appealed “to the minority who persist in disregarding public safety messages to remember the devastating effect that fatal and serious injury collisions have on our families and communities.

“I urge all motorists to play your part in ensuring our roads are safe for everyone.”

Thirteen people sustained “life-changing injuries”, Assistant Commissioner Hilman said.

There were 3,300 arrests for drug-driving in 2021, with cocaine and cannabis the predominant drugs found in offenders’ systems.

In 2021, 57pc of specimens tested for drugs contained cannabis, 31pc contained cocaine and 14pc were found to have benzodiazepines.

The number of drug arrests in 2022 on Irish roads, up to March 31, was 768.

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