Over 5,600 drink driving detections in Donegal over the past ten years


Donegal has the state's fifth highest incidence of motorists being caught drink driving, according to figures collated by the Irish Independent.

The figures show that 5,649 people were detected drink driving in Donegal over a ten year period from June 2004 to June of this year. That's an average of 59.7 motorists per 1,000 licence holders, compared to a national average of 51.5 per 1,000.

The highest rate is in Monaghan at just over 98 motorists in every thousand, the lowest in Roscommon at 32.4 in every thousand.

When detections for drug driving are assessed, Donegal has the lowest rate in the country, with 26 cases over the same period.

That equates to 0.2 motorists in every thousand, compared to a national average of 1.5. The highest rate was in Offaly, at 3.6.