Drink driving up by half

DRINK driving arrests have risen by 50 percent in the last 12 months, according to senior gardaí.

DRINK driving arrests have risen by 50 percent in the last 12 months, according to senior gardaí.

Superintendent John Moloney told the recent Joint Policing Committee meeting in County Hall that there have been 35 arrests this year so far, with the typical profile of drink-drivers being men over 30. The superintendent admitted to Portlaoise town councillors that he could not account for the sharp rise in the number of people being detected on the roads.

The superintendent revealed that there was just one road fatality in Laois last year, the lowest number ever. There have been no deaths on Laois roads so far this year, although there have been three serious accidents.