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18 pedestrians killed on roads this year 29.05.20

AN Garda Síochána have appealed for road users to take extra care as provisional collision figures for 2020 show that there has been a 17% increase in the number of fatal crashes and a 9% increase in road deaths compared to last year.
Gardaí reported that 60 people have been killed in 56 fatal collisions up to the 27 May 2020, compared to 55 deaths in 48 fatal collisions in the same period last year.
Of great concern for both the Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is the doubling in pedestrian deaths this year. 18 pedestrians have been killed this year compared to 9 in 2019.
18 pedestrians have been killed on the roads in Ireland this year.
Chief Superintendent Paul Cleary, Garda National Roads Policing Unit said, "In light of the increase in road deaths this year, An Garda Síochána will launch a Roads Policing enforcement operation this coming June bank holiday weekend. The operation will concentrate on the four ‘Lifesaver’ offences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding, non-seatbelt wearing and using a mobile phone while driving.”
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross, said "I am greatly alarmed at the rise in road deaths this year, particularly at the increase in pedestrian deaths. I am appealing to all road users to please take a closer look at how you behave on the road and to take greater responsibility and practice good road safety habits.”
Highlighting the risks over the bank holiday Mr Michael Rowland, Director of Road Safety, Driver Education and Research said "With good weather forecast this weekend the roads are going to be busy even with current travel restrictions. As has been the pattern throughout the current health crisis many people will be out walking, jogging and cycling. The lifting of some restrictions in Phase 1 of the government’s road map also means that more people will be driving, for example to garden centres and other locations where outdoor sports have resumed. So, motorists need to slow down and expect the unexpected while walkers and cyclists should be seen and use the road safely.”
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