Too merry a Christmas

Drunk drivers in Northern Ireland were so intoxicated they fell out of the car when stopped by police this winter.

Some people were four times the legal limit, a state which makes it difficult to even walk, never mind drive a car.

The number behind the wheel on alcohol has fallen slightly this winter, with snow and ice multiplying the risks.

A total of 222 drink-drivers were detected between November 26 and December 20, eight less than last year.

Two people were detected at four times the legal limit, and 20 people were three times the legal limit. The officer said drivers detected with the highest alcohol readings have literally fallen out of their cars when stopped or been unable to stand at the roadside.

The youngest person detected was 16 and the oldest 73. The average age of people to fail the breath test is 34, and 197 men and 25 women were detected.

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