Man (22) killed in road crash in the early hours
A man in his 20s has been killed in a road crash in Co Laois in the early hours of this morning.
Gardai at Portlaoise are investigating the single vehicle incident that occurred at Kilmullen, Portarlington at approximately 3.50am.
A 22 year old male driver was killed when the car he was driving collided with a wall.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.
The stretch of road was closed to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators.
Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 057 8674100, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Two other motorists died in separate road incidents and a female pedestrian was seriously injured in a hit-and-run over the bank holiday weekend.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) warned motorists to be vigilant over the bank holiday weekend.
On the August bank holiday weekend last year, there were 17 people seriously injured in crashes and two people were killed.
Moyagh Murdoch, chief executive with the RSA, said that the summer months were "always a big worry for us" and issued a warning over attitudes to drink driving.
She added: "We do traditionally see an increase in deaths, especially in July and August and then particularly at the bank holiday."
Research carried out recently by An Garda Síochána and the RSA revealed that 73pc of Irish motorists claim that having no alcohol before driving is the only way to be safe on the roads.
The study also revealed that 10pc of Irish motorists have driven after consuming alcohol in the past 12 months, which equates to just fewer than 270,000 people.