Friday 15 December 2017

Warning issued to motorists ahead of deadliest month of the year

Stock photo: PA
Stock photo: PA

Daniel O'Connor

Motorists have been urged to "take care" on the roads during the "particularly high risk" months of July and August.

An Garda Siochána and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have joined forces for the campaign ahead of the deadliest month on Irish roads.

A provisional review of fatal collisions by the RSA found that 21 people died on Irish roads in the month of July last year, the highest amount for any one month.

Speaking to RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland, Garda Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid said the two summer months have had a noticeably higher amount of fatalities on the road over the last five years.

"Schools are off, so children are out playing more," Chief Superintendent Reid said.

"You have a lot of farm activity and there have been some significant injuries and collisions involving farm machinery.

"You also have millions of tourists and holiday makers, big sporting events; all of these activities make this time of year a particularly vulnerable one."

He also placed emphasis on the safety of road cyclists throughout the summer months.

A total of 11 cyclists have died this year so far on Irish roads. A total of 10 cyclists died in total in 2016.

"What are particularly concerning to us at the moment are pedal cyclists. There’s a responsibility to all drivers to allow sufficient space for cyclists," he continued.

 "Pedal cyclists also have a responsibility to make themselves be seen, wear a helmet and wear a high-visibility jacket."

The continued crackdown on drink-driving offences was also stressed, as the number of arrests of people driving under the influence continues to rise in 2017.

 "Since last July, 7,984 people have been arrested for driving under the influence. That is 1,000 more than this time last year," Chief Superintendent Reid continued.

"These are significant numbers for the average number of people that has been arrested before, so people are not heeding the message.

"These numbers also show that there is a huge amount of Garda activity there and they will be out in force. We’re just asking people to comply with the law and never, ever drink and drive."

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