Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ceisteanna (580)

Mattie McGrath

Ceist:

580. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of drug driving arrests made by county in the south-eastern Garda division from 2014 to 2018, inclusive, and to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14159/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

As arrest data is not recorded by the Department, I have asked An Garda Síochána whether these statistics can be compiled. Once a report is received, I will forward the data directly to the Deputy.

The Deputy may already be aware that similar data on recorded crime offences for "driving/in charge of a vehicle under the influence of drugs", by division and quarter is publically available from the Central Statistics Office under classification code 0413:

https://www.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/Statire/SelectVarVal/Define.asp?maintable=CJQ03&PLanguage=0 

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
I refer to Parliamentary Question No. 580 of 26 March 2019 in which the Deputy asked for the number of drug driving arrests made by county in the south eastern Garda division from 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019. The Deputy will recall that I sought a report from An Garda Síochána which is now at hand.
I am informed that incidents for driving under the influence of an intoxicant are not divided into separate alcohol and drug offences and therefore the specific information you requested is not available. However, I am informed that An Garda Síochána has conducted 18,852 Mandatory Intoxicant Testing Checkpoints in the South Eastern Region since the introduction of Mandatory Intoxicant Testing Checkpoints on 13 April, 2017 and up until 24 March, 2019).
The following tables provide the number of arrests for driving under the influence of an intoxicant (including both drug and alcohol), divided by region and county. Please note that statistics provided are provisional and liable to change and are correct as of 24th March, 2019.
Number of Arrests for Driving under the Influence from 2014-2019 (as of 24/03/2019)

DUI Arrests

-

-

-

-

-

-

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Dublin Region

1678

1544

1604

1632

1665

366

Eastern Region

1118

1119

1329

1556

1623

330

Northern Region

1040

1001

1166

1285

1242

272

South Eastern Region

1126

1073

1152

1369

1400

298

Southern Region

1574

1580

1638

1752

1680

347

Western Region

1058

1100

1179

1329

1242

241

DUI Arrests South Eastern Region

-

-

-

-

-

-

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Waterford

248

225

269

268

254

59

Tipperary

361

330

314

477

480

100

Kilkenny/Carlow

279

263

282

287

305

65

Wexford

238

255

287

337

361

74

The following table shows the number of motorists that have tested positive for an intoxicant at these checkpoints, as broken down per county .
POSITIVE ROADSIDE BREATH TESTS & ORAL FLUID TESTS AT MIT CHECKPOINTS – SOUTH EASTERN REGION

Division

Date Period

No. of Positive Roadside Breath Tests

No. of Positive Oral Fluid Tests

Tipperary

13/04/17 – 24/03/19

131

7

Waterford

13/04/17 – 24/03/19

100

7

Wexford

13/04/17 – 24/03/19

172

27

Kilkenny/Carlow

13/04/17 – 24/03/19

135

8

I hope this information is of some assistance.