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Two people killed and 165 caught drink driving on Irish roads over Bank Holiday weekend

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A total of 165 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving over the Bank holiday weekend.

Gardaí confirmed that there were two road fatalities over the bank holiday weekend and eight serious injury collisions.

There were 7,364 breath tests carried out at 1,060 checkpoints.

Garda Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid said: "21 people lost their life on our roads in July, the highest of any month this year so far."

He continued: "We urgently appeal to every road user to take extra care on the roads and realise you have a personal responsibility when you get behind the wheel . Slow down, wear your seatbelt, put the mobile away and in particular, never ever drink and drive’."

Of the 108 deaths on our roads so far this year, 24 were passenger.

An Garda Síochána thanked the 7,000 plus drivers who drove responsibly without alcohol and passed through MAT checkpoints.

Chief Supt Reid added that unfortunately, 165 people didn’t heed their appeal in relation to drink driving over the bank holiday and they will now have to face the consequences of their actions.

Drink driving arrests for July are 18% up compared to July 2015. These people show total disregard for their own lives and the lives of other road users but it also shows considerable Garda activity, which will continue into August with more targeted operations.

Meanwhile a man in his 20s has died after a road crash in Tipperary today.

The incident happened at approximately 1:30pm on the R687 Poulmucka to Barne Road, when the car the man was driving left the road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

This stretch of road is currently closed in order to facilitate an examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators. 

Local diversions are in place.

Gardai wish to appeal for witnesses who may have travelled this stretch of road between 1.15pm and 1.40pm today to contact Cahir Garda Station on 052-7445630, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.