Gardaí appeal to road users ahead of bank holiday weekend

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Gardaí have appealed to road users ahead of the busy October bank holiday weekend, as provisional figures show that 123 lives have been lost on Ireland’s roads so far this year.

Data from the CSO indicates that the October bank holiday weekend is one of the busiest periods on Irish roads.

Evidence also shows that the risk of fatality or serious injury caused by a road traffic collision is highest between 3pm and 6pm across the four-day weekend, with Friday of the October Bank Holiday being the most dangerous.

Assistant Commissioner, Paula Hilman, Roads Policing and Community Engagement, An Garda Síochána said, that when a person is fatally injured in a road traffic collision it is more than a statistic.

“This is a life lost; a son or daughter, mother or father, a sibling, a friend or colleague,” she said.

“This tragedy can visit any family and we must all examine our behaviour while driving and ensure that we do not contribute to fatal and serious injury collisions.

“It is expected that large numbers will be travelling on our roads this Halloween period. We want everyone to stay safe and enjoy the weekend. Remember that every decision you make on the road counts.”

Assistant Commissioner Hilman said gardaí nationwide will be focusing on detecting the key lifesaver offences such as speeding, driving under the influence, non-wearing of seat-belts and using a mobile phone while driving.

“Mandatory Intoxicant Testing (MIT) checkpoints will be operated on roads throughout the country, and so I implore drivers to never drive under the influence of an intoxicant.

“You not only face a very high risk of losing your licence, there is high probability that you will be involved in or cause a serious collision.”