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Drinking And Driving Offences

Volume 979: debated on Wednesday 20 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a table in the Official Report showing how many persons have been charged with being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle in Northern Ireland during the last year, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, respectively.

It is not possible to provide the detailed information requested as records are not maintained on a daily basis. During the year ended 31 January 1980, 2,920 persons were charged with the offence of driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drink or drugs to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of a motor vehicle. In the same period a further 1,393 persons were charged with driving or attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst the level of alcohol in his blood or urine was in excess of the prescribed limit.