Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Ceisteanna (133, 134, 135)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

133. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 67 and 72 of 6 February 2018, the number of persons that were tested at the 52,395 mandatory intoxicant testing checkpoints nationally during 2017; the number that were tested for drugs only, for alcohol only and for drugs and alcohol, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7598/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

134. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 67 and 72 of 6 February 2018, the number of persons that were tested at the 52,395 mandatory intoxicant testing checkpoints nationally during 2017; the number that were tested for drugs only, for alcohol only and for drugs and alcohol, by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7599/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

135. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 67 and 72 of 6 February 2018, the number of persons that were tested at the 52,395 mandatory intoxicant testing checkpoints nationally during 2017; the number that were tested for drugs only, for alcohol only and for drugs and alcohol, by month; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7600/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 133 to 135, inclusive, together.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that 52,395 Mandatory Intoxicant Testing (MIT) checkpoints were conducted by An Garda Síochána following the commencement of the relevant legislation on 13 April last year to 31 December 2017, during which period 612 oral fluid tests were administered, 90 of which tested positive for the presence of drugs. Of those 90 positive tests, I am informed by the Garda authorities that 89 persons were arrested, with one person passing the subsequent impairment test, having initially tested positive. I am further advised by An Garda Síochána that these statistics are provisional, operational and subject to change and are valid as of 1 February 2018. 

I have requested a Garda report in relation to the remaining statistics sought by the Deputy and I will contact the Deputy directly on receipt of a Garda report.