Gardaí in Donegal and PSNI launch cross-border Christmas drink driving campaign

Increase in mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints for Christmas period

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Gardaí in Donegal and PSNI launch cross-border Christmas drink driving campaign

Inspector John Miller, PSNI, Inspector Michael Harrison, An Garda Siochana and Donegal Road Safety Officer, Brian O’Donnell, launching this year’s cross border Christmas drink driving campaign.

An Garda Siochana and the PSNI have launched their annual cross border Christmas Drink Driving campaign.

The launch was co-ordinated by Inspector Michael Harrison, An Garda Siochana and Inspector John Miller, PSNI and took place on the N14 at Lifford/Strabane border. 

As with previous years, this annual campaign reinforces the continued co-operation between both forces with regard to road safety on both sides of the border. Drivers can expect a significant increase on the mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints that are already conducted each month in Donegal.

Speaking at the launch Inspector Michael Harrison said: "Drivers continue to selfishly ignore all the advice that has been offered in relation to drink driving. Therefore, I wish to remind all drivers that An Garda Siochana will be increasing our focus over the festive period to ensure that anyone drinking and driving will be brought before the courts. Enforcement of the drink-driving legislation remains a major priority as part of our ongoing commitment to reducing road casualties”. 

He added: “No motorist should be detected drink driving. While the high profile series of Gardai and PSNI operations will continue to target drink drivers day and night throughout the coming weeks, the sad reality is that more people will be caught drink driving during this campaign.”

The campaign is backed by the Donegal Road Safety Working Group as part of their ongoing road safety awareness programme.

Brian O’Donnell, road safety officer with Donegal County Council, said: "If you're going out this Christmas with friends, make the most of the festive season, but don't chance drinking and driving. Leave your car at home and don't risk your life and the lives of others.