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Garda roadside checks reach new high
So far this year, a total of 119 people have been killed on roads in the Republic seven more than the corresponding period in 2012.
The average number of breath tests per checkpoint has been falling consistently since 2009 and are at their lowest levels in 2013.
By Se McC Examiner Reporter
He made his remarks after the surprise resignation of RSA chief executive Noel Brett, who is to take up a position as head of the Irish Banking Federation in October.
Mr Byrne has criticised falling enforcement levels as well as what he claimed was a lack of emphasis by the Government on road safety.
tested positive in the corresponding period in 2012 and 10,825 in 2008.
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However, Garda figures show the growing number of roadside checkpoints is not matched by an increase in the number of actual breath tests.
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In 2012, garda tested 70,000 fewer motorists for drink driving, despite an overall increase in the number of roadside checkpoints.
The number of roadside checkpoints mounted by garda has reached its highest level in many years over the summer, according to the latest Garda statistics.
Official figures show garda intensified a crackdown on drink driving in May and June, with almost Adidas Tracksuit Jumpsuit 7,300 mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints conducted each month. The 7,279 mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints in May was the highest monthly number carried out since Mar 2008.
An average of 5.8 motorists have been stopped at each checkpoint for a breath tests so far this year, down from an average of 6.5 in 2012 and 10.5 in 2009.
The number of mandatory alcohol testing checkpoints carried out in the first seven months of 2013 has increased by 4.5%, from 41,329 to 43,204, compared to the same period in 2012.
since 2006, with 846 garda attached to the division a drop of 23% from its peak in 2008.
However, Garda sources claim the reduction in actual testing is attributed to legislation that came into effect in Oct 2011 that introduced lower legal alcohol limits for professional, learner, and novice drivers.
Figures released by the Department of Justice earlier this year revealed the Garda Traffic Corps is at its lowest level Adidas Long Sleeve Training Top
Garda claim the extra time needed to question motorists about the status of their driving licence and to recalibrate roadside breathalysers explains the falling number of breath tests.
to have "about as much interest in road safety as I do in snipe shooting".
The number of motorists detected for drink driving has continued to fall during 2013. A total of 4,531 motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving over the legal limit in the first seven months an average of 21 on a daily basis.
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