Four road deaths spark urgent warning from RSA02/06/2012 - 11:09:49
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has issued an urgent appeal today for all motorists to take greater care using the roads over the Bank Holiday weekend.
This follows the deaths of four people in collisions in Co Cork, Co Meath and Co Offaly in the last 24 hours.
Following the tragic deaths Mr Noel Brett, CEO, Road Safety Authority reminded people that “using the road is the most dangerous thing we do every day and the risks of being involved in a collision increase over a Bank Holiday weekend.
“I would urge everyone to take greater precautions when using the road and not to be complacent about their safety. I’m urging drivers to slow down, never drink-and-drive and wear your seatbelt and ensure your passengers are belted in too.
“Motorcyclists should wear proper personal protection gear and slow down. I’m asking cyclists and walkers to be seen to stay safe on the road, by wearing a high visibility jacket or armband. But most of all we need to expect the unexpected because all it takes is a split second for tragedy to strike.”
“If we all make a little effort to collectively take greater responsibility for our safety on the road this bank holiday weekend we can prevent any further tragedies from happening.
“This is especially important given the heavy rain, predicted by Met Éireann for today and tomorrow, which will make conditions on the road even more challenging.”
A total of 73 people have been killed on the road to date this year.
One person was killed over the June Bank Holiday in 2011 and 12 people were seriously injured.
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