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Over 300 drivers were breath-tested in Dublin last night

One person was arrested for drink-driving after four checkpoints were set up across the city.

Image: Garda Traffic via Twitter

GARDAÍ CARRIED OUT a massive mandatory breath-testing operation in Dublin last night, arresting one driver for failing a breathalyser test.

The Mandatory Alcohol Testing (MAT) checkpoints were set up as part of Operation Artery, a road safety operation.

The checkpoints were targeting drunk drivers through the use of the MAT checkpoint. In addition to intoxicated driving, general road offences were also targeted, including use of seatbelts, vehicle lighting, tyre condition, driving licences, insurance, NCT and road tax.

Four separate one-hour checkpoints were set-up simultaneously from 11.30pm last night.

The locations included the Drumcondra Road Upper, the Naas Road/N7, Ringsend Rd/Pembroke St. and Conyngham Rd.

During these checkpoints a total of 888 Vehicles went through, 302 people were breath tested and one arrest was made.

There were also 10 general detections for Road Traffic Offences.

Assistant Commissioner John Twomey of the Garda National Traffic Bureau said that the checkpoints sent a “strong message”.

“I would like to thank motorists for their cooperation during these checkpoints and as the figures show the vast majority of people tested were compliant with the legislation.

“I want to send a very strong message to all drivers and remind them that members of An Garda Síochána are out in force every night and day, all around the country, targeting intoxicated driving and other key life saver road offences. Never ever drink and drive.”

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