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Gardai to be out in force this weekend to promote safe driving

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Gardai to be out in force this weekend to promote safe driving

Gardai and the RSA have appealed to drivers in the run up to the June Bank Holiday weekend to save lives by reducing speed.

The RSA reports that over 70,000 speeding offences have already been detected so far in 2015.

If that figure is to believed it means that Revenue has pulled in €5.6million in speeding fines so far this year.  

Figures show that the June Bank Holiday has consistently been the starting point for what is traditionally the most dangerous period on Ireland’s roads, summertime.

In the past five years 256 people have died in June, July and August.

Over the next three months it is possible that 51 lives could be lost in summer time crashes on the nation’s roads, according to the RSA.

Gardai are expected to announce more details on their plan to catch speeding motorists tomorrow but a wide campaign to make the nation's roads safer is on the cards.

In a further practical effort to promote road safety ahead of the June Bank Holiday weekend the RSA, An Garda Síochána and Applegreen are planning an initiative aimed at tired drivers.

On Friday 29th of May, and Monday 1st of June Applegreen will provide free coffee to tired drivers between 2pm and 8pm at 17 participating service stations around the country.

Drivers simply mention the ‘RSA’ to the till operator and they will receive a free cup of coffee on Friday and Monday.

The Applegreen service stations providing free coffee are:

There are 17 commuter locations participating in the free offer between 2pm and 8pm on Friday 30 May. The sites are:

1.         Lusk Southbound Motorway Service Area

2.         Lusk Northbound Motorway Service Area

3.         Castlebellingham Southbound Motorway Service Area

4.         Castlebellingham Northbound Motorway Service Area

5.         Enfield Westbound Motorway Service Area

6.         Enfield Eastbound Motorway Service Area

7.         Applegreen Rathcoole

8.         Applegreen M1 Balbriggan

9.         Applegreen Gormonston

10.       Applegreen Julianstown

11.       Applegreen Ashbourne

12.       Applegreen Athlone

13.       Applegreen Cavan

14.       Applegreen Rathnew

15.       Applegreen Ferns

16.       Applegreen Kinsalebeg

17.       Applegreen Newcastlewest