01 Jul 2022

Louth County Council joins An Garda Síochána appeal for safety over Easter

An Garda Síochána and RSA Launch Easter Bank Holiday Road Safety Appeal

Louth County Council joins An Garda Síochána appeal for safety over Easter

Louth County Council joins An Garda Síochána appeal for safety over Easter

Louth County Council has joined An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) today in an appeal for road safety over the Easter Bank Holiday. RSA and An Garda Síochána today launched their Easter Bank Holiday Road Safety Appeal as year-to-date road deaths have almost doubled, they say.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána say they are issuing an urgent road safety appeal to all road users to slow down, wear seatbelts, not to drive when impaired, or distracted – particularly by illegally using your phone while driving –, or when tired. Also, watch out for vulnerable road users over this Easter Bank Holiday weekend. It should be borne in mind by us all, that this appeal follows an extremely worrying increase in road deaths so far in 2022.

Provisional figures from An Garda Síochána show that 50 people have lost their lives on Irish roads to date this year compared to 27 up to the same date last year. This is 23 more unnecessary deaths and heartache for families and friends and represents an almost doubling of last year’s figure. 

While the RSA and An Garda Síochána have issued a general appeal for road users to take greater care on the road this Easter Bank Holiday there will also be focus on drug driving. An Garda Síochána figures for the full year 2021 saw over 3,300 arrests for Drug-Driving. The number of arrests in 2022, up to 31 March, is 768.

Analysis by the Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS) shows that cannabis and cocaine remain the most detected drugs in drivers on Irish roads. In 2021, 57% of specimens tested for drugs contained cannabis, 31% contained cocaine and 14% were found to have benzodiazepines.

Louth County Council joined in the appeal for safety, commenting on social media that "with 3,300 arrests for drug driving in 2021, and 50 deaths to date on our roads to date in 2022, all road users are urged to take extra care over the Easter Bank Holiday."

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