Some 15,606 people have been disqualified from driving on at least two occasions due to being over the limit, with 72,431 drivers banned since legislation was introduced in 1962.

The counties with the highest percentage of repeat offenders are Leitrim (29%), Kerry (28%), Donegal (24%) and Dublin (24%). Although the figures date from 1962 after drink driving legislation was introduced, it’s only since 2006 that random breath tests and stricter conviction laws were introduced. According to figures released by the Court Services this year, there has been a 60% fall in drink driving orders, from 27,836 in 2006 to 11,329 in 2013. Punishment for drink driving can range from penalty points and a fine to disqualification. A spokesperson from the RSA says penalties vary for a number of reasons.