Drink Driving Cases Rise By 80% In 2006

The number of drink driving cases being dealt with by the courts jumped by almost 80% in 2006 and there has been a significant increase in the number of road-related crime cases.

More than 220,000 cases concerning road traffic crime were brought before the district courts, an increase of 12% on the previous year’s figures.

Cases involving drink driving were up to over 27,000 with 804 people convicted of drink driving being given a prison or detention sentence and nearly 11,000 receiving fines.

There were more than 6,700 dangerous-driving cases, a jump of 51% on 2005 figures.

More than 400 people convicted of the offence received a prison sentence, more than 1,200 people were handed down fines and almost 1,200 cases were struck out.

The number of people being brought before the district courts for stealing cars rose by almost 33% in just one year.


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