Number of drink-driving detections up: Christmas clampdown starts

The number of drink driving detections in the Roscommon area in 2007 was up five percent on 2006 levels, which in turn was up 25 percent on 2005 levels, a Garda spokesperson told Roscommon People this week. Motorists in Roscommon are reminded this week that the Garda clampdown on drunk-driving, speeding and seat belt wearing is currently in full swing. The operation is due to continue until Monday morning, January 7th. The garda spokesperson said: ‘We have been doing checkpoints, not just at night and weekends, but in the morning, afternoon and evening.’ The new operation focuses primarily in drunk driving, but also targets inappropriate speed, non-wearing of seat belts and using a mobile phone while driving. Readers will also be delighted to hear that the strength of the Traffic Corps in Roscommon has been greatly increased in 2007.  ‘We will be doing checkpoints and speed checks. We would acknowledge that we have had a noticeable increase in the number of people calling Traffic Watch and that’s to be commended, we appreciate that assistance,’ said the spokesperson, who added that the number for Traffic Watch is 1890 205 805. The spokesperson also reminded motorists that using a mobile phone while driving is now a penalty point offence. After the offence was introduced, Gardaí cautioned motorists for a time about mobile phone usage, but that period is now over and penalty points are now being applied for mobile phone usage while driving.