Gardai And RSA Issue Road Warnings Ahead Of Holidays

Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have issued a reminder to drivers about drink-driving over Christmas and the New Year.

An anti-drink driving campaign launched on 01 December which features the Treacy family who tragically lost their 4-year-old son Ciarán in a road traffic collision which involved a drunk driver.

The public are being advised that there will be an increase in Garda activity targeting drink drivers.

In the first two weeks of the campaign, the roads policing activity yielded a significant increase in detections relating to intoxicated driving. 

Renewing their campaign, Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn said: "In the first two weeks of this anti drink driving campaign, I regret to say that 341 drivers failed to heed the repeated road safety messages that have been widely broadcast across every available media platform in relation to drinking and driving.

"This represents 89 drivers more than the same period for last year's campaign, but more importantly, 89 more high risk drivers taken off the road before a potential tragedy could occur. That I do not however, regret. I appeal again to every driver thinking of taking a chance with their life or someone else's. Don't do it – never, ever drink and drive.

"This significant increase in detections show increased Garda activity but disappointingly shows there are some who still refuse to heed all the safety messages. We will continue to seek out these high risk drivers over the coming weeks on a 24/7 basis, to make the roads safer for all road users."


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