Car insurance: Drink-drive campaign launched

Monday, 08 December 2008

A campaign being launched by Northern Ireland police, which is aimed at reducing the number of road casualties over Christmas, could see a drop in car insurance claims.

The latest anti drink-drive initiative in the region will make use of a new electronic breath-testing device.

Police figures show during last year's winter campaign some 629 people were arrested for getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

So far this year, 3,800 people have already been stopped for drink-driving.

Assistant Chief Constable Roy Toner said: "These figures are frightening."

He added: "Each of these drink drivers is a potential killer."

Mr Toner pointed out anyone caught in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is likely to lose their licence for at least a year, will have to pay a fine and will probably have great difficulty in obtaining motor insurance in the future.

Last month, Northern Ireland police urged drivers to take extra care after three people were killed in traffic collisions on one evening.

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