Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Plea to make road safety resolution

Almost 1,500 suspected drink-drivers were caught over the festive period
Almost 1,500 suspected drink-drivers were caught over the festive period

Motorists have been urged to make road safety their New Year resolution after figures showed almost 1,500 suspected drink-drivers were caught over the festive period.

An Garda Siochana said fixed penalty notices were issued to more than 3,000 speeding drivers between November 22 and January 3, with another 965 prosecuted for driving while using a mobile phone.

John Twomey, Assistant Commissioner for Traffic, said it was regrettable the provisional statistics showed motorists were not heeding the messages on road safety.

"Unfortunately 10 people lost their lives in the month of December and we again plead with all road users to exercise caution while travelling on our roads," he said.

"We are asking motorists to slow down, to make road safety a priority for 2011. Please make it your resolution to take responsibility for your actions on our roads, to improve road safety for the benefit of everyone in the community."

Mr Twomey said officers had dedicated considerable time and resources to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury accidents and to stop irresponsible, life-threatening behaviour on the roads.

Although the statistics showed a drop in drink-driving prosecutions for the same period in 2009 - down from 1,500 - he said he believed the cold snap and treacherous road conditions contributed to making road users more compliant.

However he commended everyone who has changed their behaviour on the roads.

"Because of you, lives will be saved in 2011," he added.

"We all have a role in reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads and I thank you for your decision to heed the Garda advice and take responsibility for safety on our roads."

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