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One killed and seven seriously injured on roads over St Patrick's weekend

Published 19/03/2014 | 13:21

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A series of road accidents over St. Patrick’s weekend saw one person killed and seven seriously injured.

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The gardai also continued their crack down on driving offences, arresting 53 drivers suspected of having consumed alcohol and stopping 51 people who weren’t wearing seat belts.

The figures, which were released today, show that many drivers still aren't heeding the road safety message.

Some 51 people were not wearing seatbelts when pulled over by gardai.

"Unfortunately the roads were not as safe as they should have been over the weekend," Garda Assistant Commissioner John Twomey said today.

"Tragically there was a casualty, which was the death of a five-year-old child, plus a further seven people seriously injured.

"While most people heeded the safety message that was sent out in advance, many did not.

"It is extremely disappointing to see that 51 people choose not to wear a seatbelt and even more so, that 53 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving on St Patrick’s Day.”

He also warned it takes mere milliseconds for an accident to happen:

"We should never say or think 'it won’t happen to me'.

"The sad reality is that it does. Crashes or collisions happen in milliseconds and we again ask that all road users listen to the numerous road safety messages that An Garda Síochána issue.

"They are in your interest and that of your family, friends and colleagues".

The figures also revealed that 2,377 incidences of speeding were detected and 70 people were found driving with a mobile phone.

Irish Independent

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