An Garda Síochána is appealing to all road users to slow down, be vigilant, wear a seatbelt, and never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs this June bank holiday. Tragically, 89 people have lost their lives on Irish roads so far this year and six people have died in road traffic collisions during the last seven days (to May 31 ).
“Of particular concern is the fact that one-third of the people killed on our roads are pedestrians, the majority of whom are over 40 years of age,” said Kevin Ludlow, assistant Garda commissioner with responsibility for traffic. “Pedestrians should wear bright clothing (ideally high visibility clothing ) when walking on isolated or rural roads and be alert for vehicles approaching. We are asking motorists to slow down at all times, and particularly when approaching villages, towns or other areas frequented by pedestrians.”
There will be a particular focus this bank holiday weekend on the enforcement of drink-driving legislation, speeding and wearing of seatbelts, particularly by back seat passengers.
“As the weather improves, more and more motorcyclists will take to the roads, so we appeal to riders to ride at an appropriate speed, never ever ride while under the influence of drink or drugs and don’t ignore fatigue,” Assistant Commissioner Ludlow added.
“To passengers, we say always wear your seatbelt, no matter how short the journey. If you are unhappy with the speed or manner of driving, do something about it – don’t wait till it’s too late.”
All road users are encouraged to report any incidents of dangerous or reckless driving to Trafficwatch on 1890 205805.