11% of fatal collisions in which a driver had consumed alcohol, occurred between the hours of 7am and 11am
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána have today Thursday 29 November, appealed to all road users to act responsibly and safely on the roads throughout the Christmas and New Year period. Drivers have been especially warned of the dangers of driving the morning after a night of drinking when their driving could still be impaired by alcohol.
Analysis of Garda Síochána Investigation Files for fatal collisions, by the RSA, shows that 11% of fatal collisions in which a driver had consumed alcohol, occurred between the hours of 7am and 11am*.
Meanwhile, An Garda Síochána statistics indicate that 6% of all Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests to date this year have taken place between 7am and 11am. The highest number of DUI arrests, at 104, occurred on a Sunday morning representing 26% of all arrests between 7am and 11am. This is followed closely by Monday, at 90 arrrests, representing 22% of all morning after arrests.
Speaking at the launch of the annual Christmas and New Year Road Safety Appeal, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross TD, said: “The focus of our appeal this year is to warn the public about the dangers of driving the morning after consuming alcohol. We know that alcohol remains a significant contributory factor in fatal crashes and is responsible for far too many deaths and injuries on Irish roads. I appeal to all those socialising over the Christmas and New Year period to do so responsibly and never, ever, drink and drive, including the morning after. It’s simply not worth the risk now that new penalties have been introduced which mean drivers detected with a blood alcohol concentration between 50mg and 80mg face losing their licence for three months. So if you have done the right thing the night before, don’t forget to do the right thing and make alternative arrangements to travel the morning after.”
Ms. Liz O Donnell, Chairperson, Road Safety Authority, said: “Drink driving is a behaviour that must no longer be tolerated in our society and for that to happen people need to know all the facts. Drink driving at any time of the day or day of the week is drink driving, which is why you must take extra care the following morning if you have been drinking the night before. If you have been on a drinking session the night before and got to bed very late you could still have alcohol in your system. As we can see from our analysis of Garda forensic investigation files, the morning after is a risk zone for alcohol related fatal crashes as 11% of fatal collisions in which a driver had consumed alcohol, occurred between the hours of 7am and 11am.”
Source: Road Safety Authority (RSA), 29/11/18