Northern Ireland

More Christmas drink-drivers caught says PSNI

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Image caption Twelve more motorists were found to be over the alcohol limit than last year

The number of people in Northern Ireland caught drink-driving during the police's Christmas crackdown has shown a slight increase on last year.

Police said 270 drivers were found to be over the alcohol limit, 12 more than last year.

Its operation ran from 27 November to 2 January.

The figure includes motorists who were unfit to drive, or who were unable or refused to give a sample.

'Incredibly dangerous'

ACC Alan Todd said said: "While the number of detections is slightly higher than last year, it's difficult to accept this situation as a success - we shouldn't be detecting anyone drink-driving."

One motorist was found to be almost five times over the limit, he said.

"It's disappointing that despite our warnings, a minority of people completely disregarded the safety of themselves and others by continuing this shameful and incredibly dangerous practice," he said.

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