Drivers warned to take care in holiday blitz
GARDAI will mount a nationwide crackdown on speeding from Monday in the lead-up to the May bank holiday weekend.
Senior officers are warning that drink driving and seatbelt offences will be the focus as hundreds of gardai mount checkpoints.
"It's hard to be triumphant when 240 people died on the roads last year," assistant garda commissioner for traffic, Kevin Ludlow, said yesterday.
"Try telling the 57 families who've lost a loved one (on the roads this year) that it's been a good year."
Of that total 18 were pedestrians; 28 were drivers; nine were passengers and two were motorcyclists. Half of all drivers killed were males aged 17 to 30.
Last year, 345 people were arrested over the May bank holiday for drink driving and six died on the roads.