Gardaí and RSA appeal: ‘Stay Safe’ for St Brigid’s bank holiday weekend

In January alone, gardaí detected 660 drivers for Driving under the Influence

by Rose Barrett
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Sadly, 156 people died on Irish roads in 2022, with 20 fatalities recorded up to Thursday, February 2 this year.

Last month alone, An Garda Síochána detected 660 drivers for Driving under the Influence Offences (415 Alcohol/ 245 Drugs).

This weekend is a new bank holiday weekend introduced by the government in recognition of the public’s response and solidarity with each other during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Bank holidays are a time to relax, a break from a work or school routines – time to enjoy families, some ‘down time’. But bank holidays also means a period when traffic volumes increase on roads across the country.

For whatever reason you may be using the roads this weekend, whatever your mode of transport may be, An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) appeal to all road users to continue to demonstrate that public solidarity and ‘Stay Safe’ this St Brigid’s Bank Holiday Weekend.

Last with 156 road deaths – 2022 returned the largest death toll on Irish roads since 2016.

Eighteen persons died on Irish roads during January 2023 alone, the highest fatalities recorded for the month of January since 2013.

An Garda Síochána and the RSA continue to remind vehicle drivers and motorcyclists of the 4 key lifesaver offences and to drive responsibly.

• Driving under the influence
• Speed
• Non wearing of Seat Belts
• Mobile Phone use

Light up this weekend if you’re walking or cycling on Dublin roads!

Light UP!

An Garda Síochána appeal to all road users, including drivers, pedestrians, pedal cyclists, to also use the roads responsibly, particularly on rural roads, where the majority of fatal collisions are taking place. In particular, road users are asked to be seen. Drivers are urged to drive with dipped headlights during the day, especially if they do not have daytime running lights.

Pedestrians are advised to wear high visibility at night on roads without public lighting and footpaths. Cyclists should wear safety helmets and ensure they have a white light to the front and red light to the back so they are visible to pedestrians and drivers.

Over 50,500 Road Traffic Collisions were recorded by An Garda Síochána during 2022 including:

150 Fatal Road Traffic Collisions
1,238 Serious Injury Road Traffic Collisions
4,526 Minor Injury Road Traffic Collisions
44,853 Material Damage Road Traffic Collisions

During 2022 An Garda Síochána detected 8,038 drivers for Driving under the Influence Offences (5,331 Alcohol/ 2,707 Drugs).

In January 2023 An Garda Síochána detected 660 drivers for Driving under the Influence Offences (415 Alcohol/ 245 Drugs).

During 2022 An Garda Síochána issued

165,513 FCN’s for speeding Offences
5,910 FCN’s for seat belt Offences
18,524 FCN’s for mobile phone Offences

Assistant Commissioner, Paula Hilman, Roads Policing, An Garda Síochána, said:

I”n this first St Brigid’s Bank Holiday weekend I am appealing to all roads users to look out for one another on the road. Bank Holiday Weekends are a very busy time on the roads and our experience is that the risk of fatal and serious injury collisions increases during these periods. This year to date there have been 20 fatalities on the roads. We are asking everyone to work together in keeping our roads safe.

“Similar to other bank holidays, this weekend we will be focusing on the four lifesaver offences; driving under the influence, speeding, non-wearing of seatbelts and mobile phone use. An Garda Síochána will engage with the public and work with our partners to keep people safe on our roads, this bank holiday weekend.

“During the hours of darkness, please ensure that you are clearly visible to other road users. 60% of Fatalities to date this year has been drivers, therefore I would ask all drivers to reduce their speed and arrive safely to their destination this weekend.  Finally, I want to wish you all a safe and enjoyable St Brigid’s Weekend.”

Mr Sam Waide, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority, said: One of the main road safety themes for the RSA and An Garda Siochana in 2023 is safer speeds. Inappropriate and excessive speed is the largest contributory factor to fatal and serious injury collisions in Ireland. So, this new bank holiday weekend I am appealing to drivers to slow down. 5% reduction in average speed could result in a 30% reduction in fatal collisions.”

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