Boost in economy behind road deaths, says AA
The boost in the economy is increasing traffic on our roads and creating more risks, according to the AA's Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan.
The country's largest motoring organisation said the four deaths on Irish roads on Tuesday night were a reminder that road safety is a continuing battle.
Mr Faughnan said the tragic deaths are a disappointing start to the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend.
"It is traditionally one of the most dangerous weeks of the year on our roads," Mr Faughnan said. "The general pick-up in economic activity would tend to increase rates of risk. Traffic volumes are up, new car sales are up 23pc this year, and some of our roads are at their busiest. Traffic volumes on the M50 are at the highest they have ever been."
Mr Faughnan said although road safety in Ireland has improved over the last 15 years, the recent road deaths act as a reminder that "we are still on a journey".
He added traffic volumes will increase over the coming days and urged people to slow down, wear seatbelts and never drink and drive. "This weekend will see the typical driving patterns change, people are driving longer distances and on unfamiliar roads.
"It's one of those periods in the year where I almost dread turning on the phone in the morning and checking out the news to see what has happened the day before," added Mr Faughnan.