Four drink/drug driving arrests in Kilkenny over St Patrick's weekend

Over 100 checkpoints were set up throughout county

Brian Keyes

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Brian Keyes

Garda presence has increased by just one

A high profile garda campaign over the bank holiday weekend which targeted drink and drug driving was highly successful.
Over 100 checkpoints were strategically positioned across the city and county and there were only four arrests.
Divisional traffic inspector for Carlow/Kilkenny, Anthony Farrell said that the message was hitting home and thanked the vast majority of drivers for being compliant.
“There is most definitely improved driver behaviour out there with the majority of people compiling with the road traffic laws.
“This is reflected both in the extremely low level of detection and arrests for persons suspected of driving while out the influence of an intoxicant and the fact that we had no serious injury collisions in the city or county,” he added.
Over St Patrick's weekend there were three minor collisions, with no injuries compared to nine over the same time period in 2016.
“These figures can be attributed to proactive, high visiblity garda checkpoints. We will continue to focus our efforts to reduce fatalaties and serious injuries on our roads,” he added.