Over four-hundred drink driving disqualifications handed down in Donegal in 2009

Over four-hundred disqualifications  for drink driving offences were handed down in Donegal last year.

Figures released by the Courts Service show that 403 disqualifications were ordered in Donegals main court district in 2009 which includes the sittings at Letterkenny, Buncrana, Dungloe and Glenties and covers most of the county.

Twenty-four prison sentences or partially suspended jail terms were handed out at the countys main court district for drink driving.

Three imprisonments were suspended while two drivers were served with community service orders.

A total of 379 fines were issued.

Forty-seven prosecutions for drink-driving were dismissed while 60 were struck out and twenty-two were taken into consideration with other offences.

Another 262 disqualifications for drink-driving were handed out in the neighbouring district which included court sittings in Donegal Town and Ballyshannon but also courts in Sligo and Leitrim