September 28, 2021

Just small drop in drink and drug driving detections in Waterford despite lockdown

There has been a a slight fall in the number of people found driving under the influence of drink or drugs in Waterford city and county in the first six months of the year.

New figures published by the Irish Times today reveal there was less than 10% fall in detections in the Waterford Garda Division between January and June this year compared to the same period in 2019.

Nationally, 11 out of the 28 Garda divisions recorded an increase in drug and drink detections in the first six months of the year.

This surprising increase was in spite of the fact that traffic volumes nationally fell by up to 90% during the early weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown.

The report reveals a total of 136 drivers were found to be driving under the influence of drink or drugs in the Waterford Garda division this year up until June 30. This is a slight decrease from the 148 detections recorded for the same period in 2019.

Gardai now say drug driving is becoming a serious issue, with incidents of detection increasing in every Garda division in the country. According to the report, drug drivers are more likely to be middle-aged, middle class men, with detections being most prevalent in the middle of the day. Cannabis and cocaine are the drugs most commonly detected.

Drink driving detections have not changed hugely during the lockdown. Gardai say drink drivers are most likely to be caught early in the morning or late in the evening.

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