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New research finds Carlow has highest drink driving conviction rates in Ireland

New research finds Carlow has highest drink driving conviction rates in Ireland

Drink Driving convictions have increased in Ireland by 13%.

New research from the Irish Daily Mail reveals rural counties recorded higher conviction rates for capita than other counties.

The new data shows County Cavan reported the highest number of convictions per 100,000 people with 102 sentences.

However, in the same time frame, County Wexford reported just 17.

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Speaking to Beat Carlow Road Safety Officer thinks the increase in general is a positive sign.

"It means our road policing is very good.

"People are being detected,Β the detection's are going all the way the courts and the courts are delivering convictions.

"It's not a bad thing to prove that raods policing works."

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The analysis also found that County Carlow recorded the highest number of drink driving convictions per capita in 2020 and 2021.

182 people were convicted of the offence during the two year period.

Research from the Irish Daily Mail also shows that counties Wexford, Dublin and Meath recorded the lowest rate of drink drivers sentences in Ireland.

John McDarby outlines why it might have been higher in Carlow.

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"One of the reasons that it might be quite high is that a lot of people may be passing through Carlow to a destination and Carlow might only be one point on their journey,

"It shows that road policing in Carlow is very zealous and it's not a place you would think about driving through if you're contemplating drinking and driving."

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