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Call for doubling of penalty points as bank holiday exodus gets rolling

ALMOST half a million people will travel by road and rail this weekend as part of the bank holiday exodus.

Iarnrod Eireann will carry some 200,000 passengers this weekend, with Bus Eireann carrying another 250,000.

And low-priced train tickets announced as part of the Government's €1m tourist drive can be bought from today.

Families can buy a day-return ticket for two adults and four children to anywhere in Ireland for €50, with a day-return ticket for adults costing €20.

A spokesman for Iarnrod Eireann said that customers should check train timetables for any alterations to services.

The predicted sunshine is also expected to see DART and commuter trains busy in the Dublin area, as people flock to coastal towns and areas.

Gardai will mount a high-profile enforcement campaign to crack down on speeding and drink driving, with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) calling for a doubling of penalty points on bank holiday weekends in a bid to help reduce road fatalities.

So far this year 77 people have died on the roads.

CILT president Paul Mallee said the eight bank holiday weekends were among the worst periods for road fatalities and that doubling penalty points for serious offences such as speeding and dangerous driving would act as a deterrent to motorists.

Paul Melia and John Cooney

Irish Independent