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Drive with care this bank holiday weekend

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is urging all road users to be vigilant and share the roads responsibly this August bank holiday weekend.

The warning comes following figures recently published by the RSA showing that road deaths in the first half of 2023 are the worst for six years.

To date in 2023, 100 people have been killed on our roads, an increase of 11 deaths since last year with eight killed in the past seven days – including two teenage girls in Co Monaghan.

Meanwhile, as of 30th July, 678 people have been seriously injured on Irish roads, a decrease of 160 from the same period last year.

Last year, two fatalities occurred over the bank holiday period, and an additional 12 occurred throughout the month of August 2022.

The RSA is urging drivers to slow down, look out for vulnerable road users and don’t forget to take breaks on your journey to avoid driver fatigue.

Drivers should also take greater care and expect to encounter walkers, cyclists, motorcyclists, horse riders and agri-vehicles during the busier period.

Sam Waide, CEO of the Road Safety Authority said: “This week, we heard about the alarming increase in road deaths in the first half of 2023 and most recently, the tragic loss of life with two young people on Monday evening.

“My sympathy goes to all families affected by lost loved ones and those injured. No one wants further tragedy and heartbreak this year.”

This August Bank Holiday Weekend, drivers are being reminded that the RSA and participating Applegreen service stations are providing free cups of coffee to drivers to help drivers stay alert behind the wheel.

“The offer is available from 2pm to 8pm on Friday 4th and on Monday 7th August. Simply say ‘RSA’ to the till operator to avail of a free coffee.