Gardaí to hand out road safety cards

GARDAÍ will be handing out road safety cards to certain motorists this bank holiday weekend as part of an expanded enforcement campaign.

The Garda Traffic Corps will again be targeting speeding, drink driving and non-wearing of seat belts in selected areas, particularly recently designated speeding hotspots.

A garda spokesman said there would be a specific awareness-raising aspect to their actions this weekend.

“Enforcement is an essential part of our objective with regard to regulating and controlling road traffic and improving road safety. It is also of crucial importance that the Garda Síochána strives to create a better “voluntary compliance” culture, thereby building strong community support for enforcement,” he said.

“Over this coming weekend significant extra garda resources will be deployed with the aim of increasing compliance amongst road users and improving road safety.”

He said a consignment of road safety cards will be given to certain motorists, specifically:

Those in breach of speed limits.

Motorists stopped at mandatory alcohol-testing checkpoints.

“Vulnerable road users” (those aged 17-26).

The card on speeding says that a 1% reduction in speed leads to a 4% reduction in fatal accidents.

Provisional statistics indicate that during the seven-day period from October 15 to 21 October 2008 inclusive, a total of 295 drink-driving incidents were recorded, compared to 313 the previous week.

Thirty seven pedestrians have been killed on the road to October 21, compared to 60 for the same period last year.


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