‘Astonishing’ increase in drink-driving recorded in Kerry
Total of 300 arrested in county in 2017 and councillors place some of blame on taxi drivers
The increase in the number of drink-driving offences detected in Kerry over the last three years has “astonished” the Garda Síochána, senior officers have told local politicians.
Official statistics show that 300 people were arrested in the county for drink-driving last year, up by a quarter on 2016 – and the number is expected to rise significantly further this year.
Superintendent Dan Keane said more offenders were being found in all age-groups up to 60 years: “Kerry appears to be rising, year on year,” he told Kerry County Council’s Joint Policing Committee.