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Over 540 people have been stopped for drink-driving so far this year

That’s fewer than January 2014.

OVER 540 PEOPLE have been stopped for drink-driving so far this year.

Figures for January released by An Garda Siochána show that both drink-driving offences and road fatalities in January were down on the same month in 2014.

The figures show that 544 people were arrested for drink-driving in January, after the gardaí set up 6,598 mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints.

29,419 breath tests were carried out at these checkpoints, leading to the detention of 1,538 vehicles.

There were also 236 road transport offences and 198 incidents of dangerous driving.

No figures have been released for the number of penalty points issued for those without seatbelts, speeding or on mobile phones.

More than 7,600 people were stopped for drink-driving in Ireland last year and 197 people died on the roads. Already this year, that number is 17.

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