As we head into the St Patricks Day bank holiday period, as road users, and pedestrians, it is our responsibility to keep the roads safe. With many schools closed, many families will take the opportunity to travel to different parts of the country over the next few days. It is responsibility as a road users to ensure that the roads are safe for all.
To date, 29 people have tragically lost their lives on Irish roads, 5 road deaths less than this date last year. 196 people lost their lives on Irish roads in 2014.
New figures released show that the past five years, on average, twice as many drivers have been arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving on both St Patricks Day and the day after, compared to any other day in the month of March. In addition, 15 people lost their lives and 30 people were seriously injured in road collisions between 16th-18th March, 2010-2014.
Obviously we all enjoy the festivities around the country, and if you are consuming alcohol, leave the car behind. This not only applies to the day itself, but also the morning after. Alcohol takes time to be removed completely from your system, so if you do it right on your night out, you must ensure you are alcohol free the morning after too. The number of drivers arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving doubles over those couple of days. The Garda Síochána are and will be out to specifically target such dangerous driving offences”
So Enjoy your Saint Patrick bank holiday, and stay save on the public road.
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