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May bank holiday appeal: Road deaths up by four on 2022

To date in 2023, a total of 56 people have died on Irish roads, an increase of four (8%) compared to the same date in 2022.

An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) are now urging all road users to take care this May bank holiday weekend.

Seven people have been killed and 83 people seriously injured over the May bank holiday in the last five years.

Last year’s bank holiday was a tragic weekend for road safety with four fatalities and 27 people seriously injured.

Enforcement statistics released by An Garda Síochána for last year’s May Bank Holiday show that they detected:

  • 2,820 speeding incidents.
  • 154 motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, 13 per cent of these were recorded between 6am and 2pm across the weekend.
  • 91 drivers not wearing a seatbelt.
  • 212 drivers using a mobile phone.

An Garda Síochána say they will have an increased presence on the roads across the country, over the high-risk bank holiday, targeting the four lifesaver offences and dangerous driving activity.