Tuesday, 24th April 2018
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Road Safety is everyone"s responsibility

Dear Editor

Road Safety continues to be a high priority for An Garda Síochána in the South Eastern Region. In the remaining weeks of 2017 I am urging all road users, including pedestrians, to be especially vigilant in order to avoid further fatalities on our roads.

We must remember that road safety is a matter for each and every road user. All of us must take responsibility for our conduct on the road in order to ensure the safety of other road users.

Sadly, this year to date there has been 26 fatalities on the Region"s roads. This compares with a total of 32 fatalities for the same period in 2016.

As we reach the end of the year driving conditions become increasingly hazardous. The roads, particularly minor routes, become more dangerous with frost, fog, ice and spot flooding. These create additional hazardous conditions for road users. Motorists are urged to ensure that their vehicles are fully serviced and in good condition. In particular, they should ensure all lights are in working order and in addition that tyres and brakes are roadworthy.

During dark evenings visibility is significantly reduced. This can cause difficulties for motorists and pedestrians. Pedestrians and cyclists should ensure they are wearing high-viz jackets to warn other road users of their presence. All pedal cycles should have front and rear working lights and adequate fluorescent markings.

Speed limits and other road signage should be observed, together with consideration for the safety of all road users. The primary cause of fatalities on our roads remains inappropriate or excessive speed, alcohol consumption and failure to wear seat belts.

The Christmas Road Safety campaign will continue to concentrate on intoxicated drivers all day every day. These high risk drivers put everyone"s life in danger. The clear message remains that you should never ever drink and drive.

The campaign will involve all Garda personnel in the South Eastern Region and will target offences such as driving while intoxicated, speeding, non-use of seat belts and the use of mobile phones. These are the key lifesaver offences.

Driver fatigue must also be borne in mind. Motorists are urged that if you feel tired you should pull over to a safe location and rest. Safe driving is predominately a matter of personal responsibility and should be borne in mind at all times when using the roads, in particular over the festive period.

As Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for policing the South Eastern Region I appeal to all road users to play their part in helping An Garda Síochána to ensure the safe use of our roads during the Christmas period and the winter months ahead.

I also want to take this opportunity to wish everybody a very safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

Yours,

Eugene Corcoran

Assistant Commissioner

An Garda Síochána South Eastern Region

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