Gardaí to patrol Longford roads as part of Easter road safety campaign

Kevin Forde

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Kevin Forde

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Ahead of upcoming Easter Bank Holiday, An Garda Síochána have launched their road safety campaign and have appealed to all road users to take extra care when travelling.

The main objective of the campaign is to reduce road traffic collisions, save lives, reduce injuries and to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding on our roads. They have warned the public that Gardaí will be patrolling the road network throughout Longford, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon, in both marked and unmarked vehicles. Operations will consist of Mandatory Intoxicating Testing checkpoints and speed enforcement.

One of the reasons Gardaí are urging for caution on the road is the significant increase in traffic, with people undertaking long journeys to visit friends and family. With this in mind, An Garda Síochána have urged all road users to slow down and always wear their seat belts.

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They have also warned against drinking and driving and have urged anyone getting behind the wheel, to ensure they are well rested before hand.

“We are asking all road users to act responsibly and make this Bank Holiday period a safe time for everyone.” a Garda Spokesperson stated.

They have urged the public to make sure their vehicles are safe and fit for purpose prior to undertaking a journey, while also ensuring your tyres are compliant. They have called on drivers to slow down, be alert for pedestrians and cyclists, and allow for plenty of time for journeys.

For those socialising over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, An Garda Síochána have advised that people should plan their way home before heading out, never walk home drunk and be wary that you could still be over the alcohol limit the next morning.

Pedestrians and cyclists have been urged to always wear a Hi-vis.

The Road Safety campaign will focus on:

  • Speeding offences
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Failure to wear seat belts
  • Dangerous or careless driving
  • Driving while using mobiles or while overly tired
  • Lighting of vehicles