Suspected drunk driver was banned for eight years

A motorist had already been banned for eight years when arrested on supicion of drink driving in connection with a road traffic accident last weekend.

The incident in the south-east of the county prompted local gardaí to warn drivers of the dangers of driving under the influence of an intoxicant in the run up to the Christmas period.

Officers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash between a van and a car on Friday evening last in Mullagh.

It was said that both drivers had a lucky escape by avoiding serious injury.

Gardaí subsequently shared photographs and details of the crash on social media, informing that one of the drivers was found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol.

‘In the run up to Christmas, Mullagh Gardaí yesterday evening dealt with this timely reminder of the dangers of drinking and driving. Luckily nobody was seriously injured,’ read the post.

They added that to “make matters worse”, one of the drivers was, at the time of the accident, already serving an eight-year period of disqualification for prior offences.

The individual had no insurance, no tax and no valid NCT.

After arrest the suspected drink driver was taken to to Bailieborough Garda Station and processed.

“Analysis of the sample is awaited,” said local gardaí

Last Sunday marked World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

The Road Safety Authority says 24,663 people have died on our roads since fatalities began being recorded in 1959.

Commemorations to remember the victims of road traffic crashes and their families took place around the country.

Since 1977 meanwhile, when injury records began, 84,977 people have been seriously injured.

That same day, members of the Cavan Roads Policing Unit carried out a number of checkpoints around Cavan town for lifesaver offences.

Two drivers were arrested on suspicion of drug driving and one car was taken off the road as the driver was driving without insurance.