2017 news

26 June 2017

Garda - Summer Enforcement 2017 - 26th June, 2017

Summer Enforcement 2017

  • 21 people killed on our roads in July 2016
  • Summer months are higher risk
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday account for over half of all fatalities
  • 1,000 extra drink drivers arrested since last summer

An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) are appealing to all road users to take greater care on the roads this summer, which traditionally carries higher risk for all road users. Even though we are showing a decrease in road fatalities compared to 2016, we can never afford to be complacent on the roads.

As of today’s date there have been 76 road fatalities, 11 fewer compared to this date last year. Over half of all fatalities (52%) have occurred on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

The summer months are typically high risk periods due to a number of factors. For example, there are many people travelling around Ireland, including visitors to Ireland, who are in unfamiliar surroundings. The schools will be off and more children will be out playing on the roads. There will be more agricultural vehicles, cyclists and motorcycles sharing the roads with other road users. All of these factors, and more, increase the risk for all road users during the summer months.

Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid, Garda National Roads Policing Bureau said:-

"21 people lost their lives on our roads last July, the highest of any month since June 2012. We do not want that to be repeated this July or in any month going forward. Although 2017 is showing a reduction in road fatalities we can never afford to be complacent. The summer months carry higher risk on the roads so no matter how you use it, take extra care.”

Chief Superintendent Reid continued:- "Last July we announced we were going to increase our focus on driving under the influence, and although most heard that message, many did not. There have been an additional 1,000 drivers arrested compared to the previous 11 month period. The message is still not getting through to some so can I take this opportunity to remind drivers that drink or drug driving is totally unacceptable, totally selfish and will continue to be a core focus of our roads policing activity. It costs lives on our roads, there is no other way to put it”.

Ms. Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority, added,

"While the temptation in summer time might be to relax more when using the road, the reality is that we simply cannot afford to let our guard down. The roads are going to be very busy with local festivals, sporting events and people travelling the length and breadth of the country for a break. Understand too that we will be sharing the roads this summer with foreign tourists who may not be used to driving on the left.

There is a spike in pedestrian, cyclist and motorcyclist casualties over the summer. The fine weather brings more people out to get some fresh air and exercise. As drivers we need to be on the lookout for them. Worryingly ten cyclists have lost their lives to date on the road compared to 4 to the date last year. Slow down and expect the unexpected.”

Notes

The Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána produced ’Using the Roads in Ireland – A Guide for Tourists’ with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Car Rental Council of Ireland a number of years ago. The guide provides important road safety information to help tourists stay safe on the roads while driving, cycling, walking or motor-biking during their stay.

The guide, which is supported by Tourism Ireland, is part of an annual road safety campaign for tourists and provides road safety information in nine different languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Polish and Russian.

Significantly the Car Rental Council of Ireland has placed a copy of the new information guide into every car rental in the country.

The information booklet is also being supported by a major public awareness campaign targeting tourists using the roads in Ireland. The campaign runs from May through to September. The key message contained in this advertising activity reminds drivers to ‘Keep Left’.

Road safety advice and advertising billboards have been placed at the main points of entry into Ireland including ports and airports. Information is also being displayed at baggage carousels, passport control and trolleys as well as on exit roads from the airports. The campaign is also supported by online advertising in several different languages which targets people in other countries who have used a search engine to get information on holidaying or driving in Ireland.

Road safety information for tourists has been placed in Aer Lingus’ Cara Magazine, Ryanair’s in-flight magazine, and Tourism Ireland’s international tourist information guides which is produced in all major languages and distributed internationally.

Information for tourists is available in many different languages on the RSA website http://www.rsa.ie/en/RSA/Licensed-Drivers/Driving-in-Ireland/

 Number of fatalities (July-August) 2012-2016

Year July August
2012 15 12
2013 18 19
2014 18 15
2015 19 14
2016 21 13
Total 91 73

Number of arrests for driving under the influence:-

2016 DUI 2015 DUI
July 725 July 611
August 693 August 687
September 639 September 645
October 783 October 695
November 646 November 618
December 793 December 576

 

2017 DUI 2016 DUI
January 616 January 605
February 671 February 547
March 712 March 672
April 903 April 654
May 803 May 674
Total 7,984 Total 6,984

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