Drink driving charges fall

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland may have to deal with fewer cases of road traffic accidents where the accused has been intoxicated, after the number of drink drivers caught by police has fallen.

Northern Ireland solicitors may be noticing the 16 per cent drop in cases of road traffic accidents where drivers have consumed too much alcohol

It seems that drink driving has decreased in tandem with the Police Service of Northern Ireland's (PSNI) winter safety campaign, which has now been running for two weeks.

Some 182 drivers were caught either unfit to drive through drink or unable or refusing to give a sample. This figure has dropped by 35 compared to the same two-week period last year.

Acting Chief Inspector Rosie Leech was quoted in the Belfast Telegraph as saying: "These early figures indicate that our message is getting through to people - 'Drink and drive and you are likely to be caught'.

"Unfortunately, there is still a minority of people who completely disregard the safety of themselves and others by continuing this shameful and incredibly dangerous practice."

The PSNI has also said that it would target hungover drivers in Belfast and Northern Ireland over the festive season.

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