Gardai renew Road Safety Appeal as deaths rise 9% in 2020

first_img Facebook Twitter Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 27th May 2020 Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai renew Road Safety Appeal as deaths rise 9% in 2020 Pinterest Electric Picnic Facebook News Gardai and The Road Safety Authority (RSA) have renewed their appeal for road users to take extra care when using the roads, as provisional collision figures for 2020 show that there has been a 17% increase in the number of fatal crashes and a 9% increase in road deaths compared to last year.60 people have been killed in 56 fatal collisions up to the 27 May 2020, compared to 55 deaths in 48 fatal collisions up to 27 May 2019.Of great concern for both the Gardai and RSA is the doubling in pedestrian deaths this year. 18 pedestrians have been killed this year compared to 9 in 2019. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Garda National Roads Policing Unit said, “In light of the increase in road deaths this year, An Garda Síochána will launch a Roads Policing enforcement operation this coming June Bank Holiday weekend.“The operation will concentrate on the four ‘Lifesaver’ offences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, non-seatbelt wearing and using a mobile phone while driving.“Of concern is the number of people arrested so far this year for driving under the influence of an intoxicant; either alcohol or drugs.“Notwithstanding the recent Covid-19 restrictions with reduced traffic on our roads and the closure of licenced premises, we have still seen 1,153 people detected for driving under the influence of an intoxicant, since the 27th March 2020.“In addition, Roads Policing members are still detecting motorists driving in excess of the speed limits, not wearing seatbelts and driving while using mobile phones. Previous articleLocal senator welcomes publication of Just Transition FundNext article17 new Coronavirus deaths and 73 new cases as college students are warned about accommodation Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp TAGSGardai WhatsApp “This bank holiday weekend there will be increased Garda activity and roads policing enforcement; the primary focus of this operation is to save lives and prevent serious collisions.“We want people to enjoy this bank holiday weekend as best they can in difficult circumstances, but we also want every road user to act responsibly and stay safe when using the road.”Ahead of the June bank holiday weekend Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross, said “I am greatly alarmed at the rise in road deaths this year, particularly at the increase in pedestrian deaths. Road safety is a public health issue and the way we all behave on the road determines whether people live, suffer injury or die.“I am appealing to all road users to please take a closer look at how you behave on the road and to take greater responsibility and practice good road safety habits. This means drivers being alert to danger and slowing down and pedestrians walking on the right-hand side of the road towards oncoming traffic if there are no footpaths.”Highlighting the risks over the bank holiday Mr Michael Rowland, Director of Road Safety, Driver Education and Research said “With good weather forecast this weekend the roads are going to be busy even with current travel restrictions.“As has been the pattern throughout the current health crisis many people will be out walking, jogging and cycling. The lifting of some restrictions in Phase 1 of the government’s road map also means that more people will be driving, for example to garden centres and other locations where outdoor sports have resumed.“Secondary students are also officially on their summer holidays so you can expect to see more young people walking or cycling on the road. Don’t forget too that it’s a busy time on farms with silage cutting so you will encounter farming machinery on the roads.“So, motorists need to slow down and expect the unexpected while walkers and cyclists should be seen and use the road safely.” Electric Picnic Home News Gardai renew Road Safety Appeal as deaths rise 9% in 2020 Newslast_img read more