Van, Truck, Trailer, Bus and Coach Aftermarket News in Ireland

Road deaths up by 12 on this time last year

Three people lost their lives on Ireland’s roads during this year’s August bank holiday weekend, while eight serious collisions occurred that resulted in eight serious and life-threatening injuries.

To date this year, 104 people have died on our roads, which is 12 more than this time last year.

According to figures from An Garda Síochána’s roads policing operation, which took place from 3rd-9th August, 4,006 roadside drug and alcohol tests were conducted which led to 196 arrests for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

Throughout this period, Gardaí issued over 1,143 on the spot fixed charge penalty notices for speeding offences. Of the 837,171 vehicles checked for speeding by Go-Safe nationwide, 2,841 drivers were detected for speeding.

Notable top speeds detected included one motorist driving at 130km/h in a 50km/h zone on the R463 Corbally Road in Limerick, while another was clocked doing 203km/h in a 120km/h zone on the M8 Ballinaglanna North in Co Cork.

Other fixed charge offences issued by Gardaí included 209 for using a mobile phone whilst driving, and another 91 for failing to wear a seatbelt. There were also 146 vehicles seized for being uninsured.