Average of 5 die on roads over June holidays

AN average of five people have died on the roads every year for the past five years over the June bank holiday weekend.

Gardaí referred to the statistics as part of their latest road safety plea for the country’s drivers.

Over the next six days gardaí will be attempting to emphasise the facts behind their Supporting Safer Communities campaign.

Speaking at the launch, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said the chronic level of road deaths is among the top concerns for officers over the June bank holiday.

He said more than one third of all road deaths take place over the summer months, despite the better weather conditions for drivers and pedestrians.

Over the past five June bank holiday periods, 28 people have lost their lives and 51 have been seriously injured due to accidents.

Last year, three people died and six were seriously injured on the June bank holiday weekend.

The worst year was 2008 when seven people were killed.

Almost half of all road deaths involve victims aged between 16 and 30.

“I want to particularly emphasise the need for personal responsibility among all road users, at all times.

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

The Supporting Safer Communities campaign — which will be advertised on the Luas, Dublin Bus vehicles, the Bloom Garden Festival and other events across the country — has also emphasised the need to protect against burglaries over the three-day holiday period.

Gardaí have reminded people to protect their homes, particularly when they are unoccupied, as almost one in every four break-ins take place between noon and 4pm, with Thursdays and Fridays the most common times for attacks.

Gardaí have warned the public that the ongoing economic crisis means the possibility of people being targeted for attacks remains a genuine concern.

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