Gardaí Safety Blitz On Learners Before Crack Down Enforced

Gardaí are set to mount a safety crackdown on learner drivers over the next week before new laws come into force in July

The operation is being launched in an effort to reduce the death toll among young motorists.

The road safety blitz due to get underway tomorrow will specifically target provisional drivers who do not display L-plates or who drive unaccompanied.

New laws, which come into force in July, will require all provisional drivers to be accompanied by full licence holders.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) said it will be offering driving tests to more than 120,000 holders of second provisional licences by the end of this month after the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey announced the new legislation last October.

A spokesman has said the RSA actively targeted second provisional holders and anyone who applied for their test has been accommodated.

He added the 'vast majority' of those who failed have also been offered a re-test.

Studies have found that male drivers aged between 17 and 20 are almost 10 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured on the roads compared to those in their 40s and 50s.

The six-day operation will also target drink-drivers and motorists who use their mobile phone while behind the wheel.


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