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Drink-driving prosecutions down 60% since 2006 in Ireland

There has been a 60% drop in prosecutions for drinkdriving and a 40% fall in dangerous driving cases since 2006 in Ireland, according to official figures. The Courts Service has released details of an analysis into traffic offences over the last eight years. It shows: A 42% reduction in court orders relating to dangerous driving cases — from 6,721 in 2006 to 3,886 in 2013. A 60% fall in drink driving orders — from 27,836 to 11,329. A marginal 1% increase in the total number of traffic cases — from 198,412 (2005) to 200,786. The Courts Service said that while the overall number of cases had increased slightly, the type of offences had changed greatly.

Drink-driving prosecutions have dropped by 39% over the last two years and 46% over the last three years. 4,000 fines were handed down for drink-driving in 2013 and almost 4,200 defendants were disqualified from driving. A further 165 people were imprisoned, 220 were given suspended sentences and 63 were ordered to undertake community service.


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