December 11, 2023

Firefighter arrested for drink driving while on duty in Kilkenny city

A FIREFIGHTER was arrested after he was found to be over the limit while driving a fire truck in Kilkenny city.

The firefighter was stopped at a checkpoint over the bank holiday.

He was driving a fire truck on the Callan Road at around lunchtime on Sunday when he was breathalysed by gardai. has learned the firefighter was only over the limit by a very small margin. ‘Specified’ drivers such as firefighters have a much lower legal alcohol threshold than ordinary drivers.

The firefighter was subsequently released without charge.

A local Garda source said the man’s alcohol levels were so low, even for a ‘specified’ driver, that the case does not need to be dealt with by the courts. A fixed penalty notice was issued to the firefighter instead.

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