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Drive to survive August road deaths highest recorded since 2012 as gardai launch driver crackdown

"Every fatal or serious injury collision has a devastating impact on the family, friends and communities of the people involved"

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 Picture: Gerry Mooney

Picture: Gerry Mooney

Picture: Gerry Mooney

Last August had the highest number of road deaths in almost a decade, An Garda Síochána has revealed.

Following a “bad summer” for road safety, 24 fatalities were recorded in August 2021 - the most lives lost since June 2012 - with a total of 111 road deaths so far this year over the course of 100 collisions.

To date, 57 drivers have been killed on Irish roads this year compared to 48 during the same period in 2020 – an increase of 19pc.

Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) are concerned about the figures and are calling on road users, and particularly drivers, to make a greater effort to stay safe by launching Operation Teorainn, a joint road safety enforcement scheme targeting driver behaviour.

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The operation will see a major crackdown on speeding, driving whilst intoxicated, non-seatbelt wearing, and mobile phone use, as well as unaccompanied driving by learner drivers.

Gardaí and the RSA will also focus on rural accidents after reporting that 78pc of all road fatalities this year have occurred on rural roads with a speed limit of 80km/h.

Men's driving behaviour in particular will be scrutinised due to the high number of male drivers dying on the roads.

“Analysis of collision data clearly tells us that road safety is a significant male problem,” RSA Chief Sam Waide explained.

“79pc of driver fatalities between 2016-2020 were male. We will be laying bare more of these facts and challenging males to examine their road behaviour in our new campaign.”

Chief Superintendent Michael Hennebry of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau added: “Every fatal or serious injury collision has a devastating impact on the family, friends and communities of the people involved.

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“Our roads are shared spaces, and we all have a duty of care, to ourselves and to others, to keep each and every road user safe.

“I am urging every road user to play their part by complying with the road traffic legislation and assist An Garda Síochána to make our roads safer places for all.”

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