Saturday 16 December 2017

Gardaí step up safety drive after weekend road deaths

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Gardaí have set up checkpoints around the country in a bid to keep people safe on the roads this weekend.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and gardaí issued an appeal for drivers to be careful during the busy holiday period.

There have been two fatal road crashes already this weekend.

Garda Traffic Corps officials launched a major crackdown on both speeding and drink-driving, with hundreds of checkpoints nationwide.

Transport Minister Shane Ross echoed the gardaí and RSA's concerns and urged motorists to drive with care, to slow down and to adhere to all road safety guidelines.

"It is a law of physics that the faster you drive, the more likely you are to be involved in a collision and the more likely the outcome will result in death or injury," he said.

"Even speeds a driver considers low can be lethal for vulnerable road users. For example, hit at 50kmh, a pedestrian or cyclist has only a 50pc chance of survival."

Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael Finn, who heads the road policing unit, vowed that speed limit enforcement is a priority for the force. A total of 188 people died on Irish roads in 2016.

Irish Independent

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