Gardai catch 160 drink and drug drivers over bank holiday weekend
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Gardai catch 160 drink and drug drivers over bank holiday weekend

GARDAI had a busy bank holiday weekend after it emerged they arrested 160 motorists for driving either under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

105 drivers were stopped for suspected drink driving while a further 55 were stopped for drug driving.

Added to this, gardai detected over 2,500 instances of excessive speeding over the weekend, including one road user in Co. Louth who was clocked at over 200 km/h.

Four people were killed on Irish roads over the three day period, with 10 suffering serious injuries.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragedy seen on our roads at the weekend. I want to take this opportunity to send our condolences to all of those affected," said Assistant Commissioner Paula Hilman.

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"An Garda Síochána views any road death as one too many and we will continue to work together with our partners in road safety to reduce road deaths.

"The level of endangerment we encountered over the weekend is not acceptable. Despite our best efforts to proactively engage and educate drivers, too many are still taking chances and putting people’s lives at risk."