Significant Jump In Westmeath Drink And Drug Driving Offences

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The recent Joint Policing Committee Meeting has revealed some negative figures.

Cases of drink driving are on the rise in Westmeath.

Figures revealed at a recent Joint Policing Committee meeting show instances of the offence in 2022 are up 50% compared to 2021.

Drink driving detections increased by 43% while cases of drug driving surged by 67%

In presenting the statistics to the committee, Inspector Peter Gilson credited the new "Drug wipe" test for increased detections.

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