Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (281)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

281. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of roadside drug tests taken since the introduction of this facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5338/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Deputy will appreciate that I have no direct role in the operation of Mandatory Intoxicant Testing (MIT) checkpoints, or the enforcement of road traffic legislation, which are operational matters for the Garda Commissioner. However, I have sought a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to the requested statistics.

I will contact the Deputy directly on receipt of said report.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
I refer to Parliamentary Question 281 of 5 February 2019, in which the Deputy asked for information pertaining to the number of roadside drug tests taken since the introduction of MIT testing.
The Deputy may recall I requested a Garda report into the matter, which is now to hand. An Garda Síochána have informed me that road traffic legislation is enforced as part of their day-to-day duties. Both day-to-day enforcement and targeted campaigns have a valuable role to play in An Garda Síochána’s enforcement programme, which targets locations with a view to preventing the commission of offences, detecting errant motorists, changing their behaviour and ultimately reducing death and injury on our roads. Garda operations specifically target road use behaviour known to contribute significantly to collisions, including speeding, driving while intoxicated, and use of a mobile phone.
The number of Mandatory Intoxicant Testing (MIT) checkpoints conducted nationally, from its introduction on 13 April 2017 to 5 February 2019 was 124,355. An Garda Síochána has actively prioritised the performance of more focussed MIT checkpoints that have the capacity to yield the greatest impact, and allow for more effective enforcement.
The table shows the number of MIT checkpoints conducted by division; the number of breath tests and oral fluid tests conducted; the number of persons who have tested positive for alcohol or drugs at these checkpoints; and the number who failed or refused to provide a specimen after detection.

Garda Division

Number of MIT Checkpoints conducted 2017- year to date 2019

Roadside Breath Tested Conducted

No of positive Roadside Breath Tests

Roadside Oral Fluid Tested Conducted

No of positive Oral Fluid Tests

Failure / Refusal breath Test

Failure / Refusal Oral Fluid Test

Garda Division

Number of MIT Checkpoints conducted 2017- year to date 2019

Roadside Breath Tested Conducted

No of positive Roadside Breath Tests

Roadside Oral Fluid Tested Conducted

No of positive Oral Fluid Tests

Failure / Refusal breath Test

Failure / Refusal Oral Fluid Test

Cavan/Monaghan

4,113

14,750

128

93

23

3

1

Clare

6,727

28,452

94

215

32

3

-

Cork City

10,421

28,061

137

76

11

-

-

Cork North

11,862

25,942

103

91

9

1

2

Cork West

10,272

24,445

142

185

24

-

-

D.M.R. Eastern

1,090

15,276

93

201

14

4

-

D.M.R. North Central

920

10,622

49

98

18

2

-

D.M.R. Northern

827

12,847

75

119

11

1

-

D.M.R. South Central

796

19,960

63

130

10

-

-

D.M.R. Southern

982

19,777

78

184

23

-

-

D.M.R. Western

1,737

15,695

114

207

20

-

-

Donegal

3,967

20,981

99

60

3

1

-

Galway

8,515

33,508

210

22

5

1

-

Kerry

5,470

17,271

93

63

13

-

1

Kildare

4,711

53,945

323

337

48

3

-

Kilkenny/Carlow

2,429

13,870

126

64

7

-

-

Laois/Offaly

4,354

38,901

150

149

20

-

-

Limerick

8,998

26,150

160

73

13

2

-

Louth

3,010

12,236

60

22

6

-

-

Mayo

4,074

18,126

106

25

8

2

-

Meath

2,473

12,794

105

22

7

2

-

Roscommon/Longford

3,425

18,347

94

50

11

-

-

Sligo/Leitrim

2,919

10,663

40

67

9

-

-

Tipperary

8,481

22,759

123

24

7

2

-

Waterford

2,891

18,304

96

112

6

1

-

Westmeath

2,492

11,977

89

14

5

1

-

Wexford

3,748

24,165

177

155

25

1

-

Wicklow

2,651

16,076

62

20

2

1

-

Grand Total

124,355

585,900

3,189

2,878

390

31

4

I hope this information has been of some assistance to the Deputy .