Road deaths in Ireland rise by 38% compared to last year

58 people have been killed on Irish roads since the beinning of 2024.

Easter Bank Holiday was marked by the tragic deaths of three people killed in seperate road accidents across the weekend, with 13 further collisions causing serious to life-threatening inuries.

Gardaí had set up an extensive road policing operation across the country from last Thursday to this Tuesday and carried out 1,070 mandatory intoxicant testing checkpoints. This operation led to 177 arrests over the six-day period.

At least 1/4 of those arrests took place between 8am and 2pm.

Gardaí also noted that 2,630 drivers were found to be committing speeding offences, 220 were found to be using a mobile phone while driving, and 77 were without seatbelts.

The death toll on Irish roads at this time is 58 people, which is 16 more than at this date last year.

Chief Superintendent Jane Humphries stated that while the Gardaí are doing everything they can to police Irish roads, it is up to drivers themselves to take the necessary precautions, obey the rules of the road, and never drink or take drugs before driving.

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