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Road deaths are up 40% on last year

Alex Rowley
Alex Rowley

12:12 2 Apr 2024

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Drivers are being reminded to be responsible on the roads, with the number of deaths up 40% on last year.

58 people have been killed so far this year - an increase of 16 on the same time last year.

It comes as 177 people were arrested for drink or drug driving as part of a Garda enforcement operation between last Thursday and Easter Monday.

Three people died over the weekend on the country's roads, in counties Mayo, Kildare and Tipperary.

The most recent was a cyclist in his 60s who died on Sunday when his bike collided with a car on the Kildare/Carlow border.

13 crashes left people with serious or life-threatening injuries over the weekend.

2,630 people were caught speeding, with one person caught doing 104km/h in a 60km/h zone in Buncrana, Donegal.

Another was caught doing 193km/h in a 120km/h zone on the M1 at Bellewstown, Co. Meath.

220 people were fined for using their phone behind the wheel, and 77 people were caught with no seatbelt.

Sinn Féin's Transport Spokesperson, Martin Kenny, wants to see more Gardaí on patrol.

"We really need to recognise that we have a serious problem here...there's also of course a responsibility on people to act responsibly and to recognise, you know, you just simply can't get behind the wheel whilst drunk".

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