A GARDA road safety operation aimed at reducing the number of traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers will run throughout the holiday season, until January 4, 2022.
One of the goals of Operation Traffic Enforcement is to minimize serious collisions that result in fatal and serious injuries.
A study conducted in recent years by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) found that impaired driving accounted for 38% of all fatalities.
During the campaign, gardaí will perform additional checkpoints and additional MIT checkpoints.
Sergeant Ber Leetch, Divisional Crime Prevention Officer, explained, “MIT checkpoints refer to mandatory intoxicant testing. This is where a selection of drivers approaching each checkpoint must provide a breath sample for testing. The result is immediate and will determine the presence of alcohol in their breath. A selection of drivers will also be tested for the presence of controlled drugs in their system.
“They have to provide a sample of oral fluid – saliva. No one should drive under the influence of a drug, but as we know some do, these checkpoints act as a deterrent, as drivers will feel like there is a strong possibility that they are arrested and drunk.