90% of drink-driving cases in Castlerea did not lead to convictions

Ninety per cent of drink-driving cases before the courts in Castlerea in a two and a half year period did not lead to convictions, it has emerged.

  Statistics published by The Irish Times this week revealed that, between January 2013 and May 2015, 68 drink-driving offences were listed in the west Roscommon town, but only seven resulted in convictions.

  In total in Co. Roscommon only 33 per cent of drink-driving cases before the courts in the same timeframe resulted in convictions: 232 offences listed, but only 76 drivers convicted.

  The rate was poor throughout the county: ten convictions from 26 offences listed in Strokestown; 53 convictions from 122 offences listed in Roscommon town; and six convictions from 16 offences listed in Ballaghaderreen.

  This county’s rate was less than the national rate of 40 per cent, which itself compares unfavourably with England and Wales, where 97 per cent of drink-driving cases brought before the magistrates’ courts resulted in conviction.