An Garda Siochána is strongly appealing to all road users to heed the warnings on road safety over the May Bank Holiday.
Gardaí all across Co Louth will be mounting additional checkpoints over the course of the weekend and in the intervening days.
In particular, Gardaí will focus on drivers driving under the influence, speeding and also those using handheld mobile phones while driving.
Recent research conducted by the Road Safety Authority has shown that close to half of all Irish motorists believe they can safely exceed the speed limit on national roads.
Comfort with speeding is especially high in the commuter belt in counties surrounding Dublin such as Co Louth.
In the last two years (2009 / 2010), 13 people were killed and 33 people were seriously injured on Irish roads over the Easter and May Bank Holiday period.
Speaking at Garda Headquarters, John Twomey, Assistant Commissioner for Traffic, said:
“I am asking every person in Ireland that use the roads to make a commitment that they will do so safely and with care and consideration for the other people they meet along the way.
“Please take heed of the warnings from An Garda Siochana and our partners in the Road Safety Authority and Community Organisations.”