Gardaí report rise in instances of drink or drug driving

There has been an increase in the number of people suspected of drink or drug-driving in Kerry during the first quarter of this year.

Figures released by the Chief Superintendent of the Kerry Garda Division, Tom Myers, at the recent Kerry Joint Policing Committee meeting show the number of instances of driving under the influence of alcohol has risen by 8%.

66 people were arrested for drink driving during the period January to March this year, compared with 61 during the same time in 2016.

Meanwhile, the number of drivers suspected of driving under the influence of drugs is up 200%, an increase from a single instance in 2016 to 3 counts so far this year.

Commenting on the figures, Chief Superintendent Tom Myers says he is disappointed that most offenders are in the 21-to-30 age bracket.