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Almost 2,000 drivers arrested for drink driving so far this year

A number of Mandatory Alcohol Testing checkpoints will be set up around the country this weekend.

An actor is breathalysed during a mock drink driving test.
An actor is breathalysed during a mock drink driving test.
Image: Photocall Ireland

ALMOST 2,000 DRIVERS have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving so far this year, according to gardaí.

The announcement comes as a number of Mandatory Alcohol Testing checkpoints will be set up around the country over the bank holiday weekend.

Gardaí are warning drivers that even if they don’t meet one of these checkpoints, they could still be breath-tested other traffic offences are committed.

“In the first three months of the year, a total of 1,926 drivers have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving,” Assistant Commissioner John Twomey of the Garda National Traffic Bureau said.

“The vast majority of drivers act responsibly and don’t mix driving with drinking alcohol.”

“Drink driving is totally unacceptable and we will continue to intensively target these selfish drivers who think that it won’t affect their, or others safety on the road.”

One night in Dublin: 1,545 cars, 560 breath tests, 5 arrests >

Read: Here’s what happens when you’re arrested on suspicion of drink-driving… >

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