Garda checkpoint at Ardcroney. Photo: Odhran Ducie

Reduction in intoxicated driving offences

A reduction in both drink and drug driving offences has been recorded in Co Tipperary this year.

Figures presented at a recent meeting of Tipperary Joint Policing Committee indicated that there were 119 driving while intoxicated offences in the year to date, down 14% from the 139 recorded at the same time last year. This figure includes 28 drug driving offences, down 42% from the 48 offences detected last year.

Gardaí have operated some 1,890 Mandatory Intoxication Test (MIT) checkpoints across Tipperary this year. This represents a 120% increase on the 858 MIT checkpoints this time last year.

The number of driving while holding a mobile phone offences decreased by 40% (480 down to 290 offences); driving without a seatbelt offences reduced by 17% (122 to 101), while there was also a decrease in speeding offences (2,207 to 1,674, a 24% decrease).

There have been four fatal collisions in Tipperary in 2022 compared to five this time last year. The number of serious injury collisions increased from 14 to 22.