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First of many?

Thursday, 5 January 2017

First of many? thumbnailHundreds of checkpoints have been set up by PSNI officers as part of their annual winter drink drive operation.

THE first motorist stopped at the police's first drink drive checkpoint on the Causeway coast was over the legal limit, it has been revealed. Officers made the detection prior to Christmas, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Assistant Chief Constable, Alan Todd.
They were caught at the beginning of the force's annual winter drink drive operation which, for the first time, allowed officers to perform random breath tests without needing reasonable suspicion after new legislation was passed through the Northern Ireland Assembly in April.
Up until now motorists could only be stopped and breathaylsed if they had been involved in a road traffic incident, or if police suspected them of causing a moving offence such as speeding, failing to stop for a red light or briefly crossing the white line while behind the wheel.
Assistant Chief Constable Todd said the new powers were proving a success in terms of the number of drivers caught at checkpoints.

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