Small discrepancy in Wexford breath tests

By Maria Pepper

Breath tests: small discrepancy in Wexford 'within margins of human error'.
Breath tests: small discrepancy in Wexford 'within margins of human error'.

The number of alcohol breath tests carried out by gardai in Wexford shows a small 4% discrepancy which is within the realms of human error, according to Garda Chief Superintendent John Roche.

The Garda chief told a Joint Policing Committee that the 'Drager' count figures dating back to 2010 were examined by him and by a national investigation team as part of the recent controversy over exaggerated Garda statistics.

The 'Drager' count revealed that 41,793 breath tests were carried out while the count on the Garda Pulse system was 43,766, representing a discrepancy of approximately 1,900 tests or 4.4% of the total figure.

'In my opinion, it's within the margins of human error, it works out at one mouthpiece per day,' said the Chief Superintendent, adding that the investigation team were down in Wexford last week examining matters of governance in relation to traffic management.

Cllr. George Lawlor said some garda divisions were reporting in the region of a 400% discrepancy. 'In fairness to gardai in this division, 4.4% is what we would expect it to be.'

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