The Gardai have issued their usual road safety message ahead of the St Patrick’s Bank Holiday weekend festivities.

Gardai says they are appealing to all road users to take extra care this weekend, as there will be an increase in traffic due to people travelling to different parts of the country and parades.

A total of 34 people have died on Irish roads so far this year, which is up nine on the same period in 2018. Drivers and passengers account for nearly three-quarters of all road fatalities and Garda figures show that, in one in three fatalities, no seat-belt was worn.

Gardai are advising that they will have a Bank Holiday Weekend Enforcement Campaign which will, in particular target failure to wear seat belts, distraction driving like the use of mobile phones and/or mobile devices, driving while intoxicated and speeding.

Superintendent Noel Kelly Regional Roads Policing Superintendent for the Western Region told Midwest News that Gardai will be on duty across the region this weekend.

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