Gardai to crack down on motoring offences over Christmas

The Christmas road safety enforcement campaign will run until January 6 with lifesaver offences being targeted by gardai.

The Christmas road safety enforcement campaign will run until January 6 with lifesaver offences being targeted by gardai.

Tipperary will be one of the counties involved in the crackdown on offences in the south east region.

Five people have lost their lives on Tipperary roads in the past year.

Assistant Commissioner for the South Eastern Region Jack Nolan said key offences, livesaver offences that save lives, will be the focus of the campaign that will run day and night until January 6.

“This will involve all Garda District and Divisional personnel across the region and will, in particular, target offences such as drink driving, speeding, non use of seatbelts, and use of mobile phones. These are the key lifesaver offences that save lives. We will be making smarter use of all our available resources, utilising them in a targeted way” he said.

Asst. Commissioner Nolan said it was encouraging that another record year in terms of reducing road fatalities nationally was achieved.

To date in 2012 twenty two people have lost their lives on South Eastern Roads (counties Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford, Wexford and Tipperary).

“While this figure represents a reduction of six on 2011, the reduction is little consolation to the families who have had loved ones killed during the year. The success in reducing the number of fatal and serious injury collisions has not been achieved easily and first and foremost I wish to express my thanks to the public who have played a major part in achieving this. I also wish to express my thanks to the Road Safety Authority, the Local Authorities, all partner stakeholders and especially all frontline emergency service personnel,” he said.

The fatal collisions across the South Eastern Region occurred as follows - Kilkenny 3: Carlow 2: Waterford 3: Wexford 9: Tipperary 5. All counties have experienced a reduction on 2011 with the exception of Wexford, with an increase of five fatalities. 86% of the fatalities were passengers or drivers and 75% of the collisions took place in zones where the speed limit was 80 Km/h or less. Males represent 64% of the road deaths and those aged 14 to 28 amounted to 30% of all road deaths.

“Driver fatigue in this day and age must be borne in mind as a contributory factor in collisions and also, walkers and cyclists must wear highly visible clothing when on public roads” he said.

He appealed to all road users to play their part in making the South Eastern roads the safest in Ireland.

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