Six people have lost their lives on Irish roads since yesterday.
As Met Éireann issues weather warnings for heavy rainfall and localised flooding all over the country, An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have put out an urgent appeal to all road users to take greater care on their next journey.
“Not only has it been a horrific 24 hours on the roads, we are also seeing an increase in road deaths this year compared to the same period last year.” said Assistant Commissioner, Paula Hilman, Roads Policing and Community Engagement.
“Road tragedies affect all parts of the country. Every fatal or serious injury collision has a devastating impact on family, friends and communities. As we think of and send our sympathies to the families and friends of those who have been killed on our roads, I would ask every road user to play their part to make our roads safer and to think about their safety, and that of other road users.”
‘Life is fragile’
A total of 92 people have died in fatal road traffic crashes to date in 2021. Three more people have been killed on the road this year compared to the same period last year.
“It’s been a dark 24 hours on Irish roads which has seen an appalling loss of life” added Mr Sam Waide, CEO, Road Safety Authority.
“These deaths should serve to remind us that everyone is at risk when using the roads. We are at risk at any time of the day or week. Life is fragile and using the roads is one of the most dangerous things we do each day, and we must never forget this.”
“I would appeal to road users to slow down, drive at the right speed for the conditions, and watch out for vulnerable road users. Don’t drive when impaired through drink, drugs or fatigue and always wear a seatbelt and ensure passengers are wearing theirs too, no matter how short the trip. This advice is all the more important given the fact that Met Eireann has issued weather warnings for heavy rainfall and possible localised flooding for today and this weekend.”