Almost 240 people were caught driving under the influence of drugs in Cork between January and October this year, it has been revealed.
Crime figures revealed at the Joint Policing Committee this week showed that more than 720 people have been caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol across Cork in the first ten months in 2019.
This represents a slight increase on the same period last year when 645 people were apprehended.
Speaking at the JPC, Cork TD Aindrias Moynihan queried if new measures aimed at testing for and detecting drug driving were responsible for the increase.
In response, Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan revealed that 33% of all DUI cases this year involved people driving under the influence of drugs.
“Drug driving is definitely driving the figures," he said. "I know from my own division that in July, when the figure was 41, 20 offences were for drug driving and 20 were for drink driving.
“Looking at the figures across the three divisions, certainly more than 33% of all detections are cases of drug driving at this stage.”
Cases of driving under the influence are up in North and West Cork this year. More than 250 people have been apprehended for DUI offences in North Cork this year, compared to around 245 last year.
Around 240 have been apprehended in West Cork, an increase on the 160 cases during the first 10 months last year.
Cork city had a reduction in DUI cases compared to the same period last year, with around 230 detections in the first ten months this year compared to around 240 last year.