| 11.9°C Dublin

Holiday blitz on danger drivers

Gardai today warned they would be out in force targeting drunk drivers, speeding and motorists using mobile phones during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Officers will also be checking seatbelts are being worn as they man alcohol and speed checkpoints.

Kevin Ludlow, Assistant Commissioner in the traffic division, said: "I earnestly appeal to everyone who feels their personal safety is being put at risk by reckless drivers to exercise the necessary peer pressure to bring about a positive change in attitude and behaviour.

"Don't let someone else take your life in their hands this Bank Holiday weekend."


Three people were killed on the country's roads during the Bank Holiday weekend last year.

To date in 2010, 116 people have lost their lives on the country's roads -- a decrease of 20 on the same period last year.

Among the 116 fatalities were eight people killed in a two-car crash in Inishowen, Donegal, a fortnight ago -- the worst collision in the State's history.

Investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing but alcohol was ruled out early on.

Of the 116 road fatalities so far this year, some 70 of the victims were in the 16-35 age group.

By the end of June this year 261,568 vehicles were processed through mandatory alcohol checkpoints with 674 incidents of drink driving.

During the last August Bank Holiday weekend, 301 people were arrested for driving under the influence, with 1,761 caught speeding.