DUBLIN, Ireland - There has been a 106% increase in the number of drug driving arrests made so far this year compared to 2019, leading to a crackdown on Irish roads this long weekend.
An Garda Sochna will be maintaining a visible enforcement presence across the country over the August Bank Holiday weekend and are advising motorists "if you drink or take drugs, don't drive."
"Our job is to protect communities from drink and drug drivers. It is totally unacceptable to drive if you have been drinking or taking drugs. This selfish action endangers the lives of all road users. We are very concerned by the significant increase in drug-driving arrests with 1,216 people arrested for this offence in the first six months of 2020," Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman, Roads Policing and Community Engagement, An Garda Sochna said Friday.
"An Garda Sochna will be conducting checkpoints nationwide with a targeted focus on driving under the influence of an intoxicant, whether that is alcohol or drugs or a combination of both."
The Road Safety Authority (RSA), An Garda Sochna and the Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS) highlighted the dangers of drink and drug driving at the launch of the August Bank Holiday Road Safety Campaign in Dublin on Thursday.
(Pictured: Professor Denis Cusack, Medical Bureau of Road Safety; Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman, Roads Policing and Community Engagement, An Garda Sochna and Ms Liz O'Donnell, Chairperson RSA at the launch of the August Bank Holiday Road Safety Campaign in Dublin on Thursday).