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400 arrests in drink-drive campaign

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Police in Northern Ireland will continue to make catching drink drivers "a priority" after more than 400 motorists were found to be over the limit during the festive period.

Six of those caught were found to be four times over the legal drinking limit and face being banned from driving, big fines and a hike in their eventual car insurance premiums.

Officers stopped and breathalysed 5,780 motorists of which 441 tested positive to drink driving.

The youngest detected was aged 16, the oldest 80, according to the new statistics. Police said 357 men and 57 women were detected.

Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland said they begin 2010 with the prospect of almost certainly losing their licences.

He added: "They should count themselves lucky. They could have lost their own life or destroyed the lives of others had police not stopped them.

"While we welcome the fact that the vast majority of right thinking people realise that drink driving is shameful and unacceptable, clearly there is still an irresponsible minority who ignore all advice and warnings. Whilst the current publicity campaign has ended, the detection of drink driving will remain a year-round priority for police."

© Press Association 2009