Driver stopped by Gardaí on Christmas Day was drinking from a bottle of whiskey

Minister Shane Ross warns: "We will continue to introduce life-saving laws to deter reckless drivers from threatening the lives of others"

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Driver stopped by Gardaí on Christmas Day was drinking from a bottle of whiskey

Driver stopped by Gardaí on Christmas Day was drinking from a bottle of whiskey

Gardaí encountered an unexpected and shocking surprise on Christmas Day when they stopped a vehicle on the N4 at Sligo and found the driver drinking a bottle of whiskey.

The vehicle was stopped on Christmas Day. Photo: Sligo Leitrim Garda Facebook page.

Gardai were on patrol of the local area on Christmas Day when they stopped the vehicle. The driver was spoken to and subsequently arrested on suspicion of Drink Driving .

According to the Sligo-Leitrim division Facebook page: "The man had a bottle of Whiskey with him in the car, opened, which he was drinking."

Photo: Sligo Letrim Garda Facebook page.

He was brought to a Garda Station and a test for alcohol was carried out. Unsurprisingly, the man failed the test and gardai say he is now facing a fine and 6 months off the road.

Commenting on drinking driving arrests made on Christmas Day, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Shane Ross TD, said, "Sadly some drivers continue to take high risks with alcohol over Christmas.

"We will continue to introduce life-saving laws to deter reckless drivers from threatening the lives of others. I want to congratulate the Gardaí for their energetic efforts to enforce the rules over the holiday period."

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