Drivers urged to take extra care

Drivers urged to take extra care

Drivers were urged to take extra care over the June bank holiday weekend as figures show one third of road deaths happen during the summer.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan appealed for road users to take personal responsibility as statistics revealed half of fatal road crashes happen between 4pm on a Friday and 6am on a Monday.

“It’s too late for remonstrations and recriminations if you’re standing at the graveside or visiting someone in hospital,” he said.

“As a road user, road safety is your responsibility.

“Please don’t let your actions make this bank holiday weekend one to remember for all the wrong reasons. Stay safe.”

Figures show young people account for almost half of all fatalities on Ireland’s roads, with 44.9% aged between 16 and 30 year. More than three quarters are male and a quarter female.

Inappropriate speed is the biggest single factor in fatal and serious collisions.

The appeal was made as Commissioner Callinan launched a week-long campaign to make communities safer, running from June 1 – 6.

It aims to cut burglaries and urge people to protect their property and personal belongings.

Research shows almost one quarter of burglaries take place between noon and 4pm, with Thursday and Friday the common day. Entry is gained through the front door in a third of cases investigated.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said community safety is everyone’s responsibility.

“I am asking all members of the community to keep their eyes and ears open and to report any suspicious behaviour to gardai,” he said.

“An Garda Siochana is committed to reducing crime and road deaths in our society and we are appealing to people to help us in this task.”

Crimestoppers spokesperson Paula Eager said people need to be vigilant and take some simple steps people to protect their own property.

“Don’t leave valuable items in an unattended car and keep a close eye on your wallet and mobile phone when you’re out socialising,” she added.

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