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Increase in roads fatalities in Cork prompts garda warning

CORK has suffered 11 fatalities on its roads over the past seven months, two more than last year for the same time period.

Of the fatalities, six were drivers, four were pedestrians and one was a front seat passenger.

Cork City had three crashes losing two pedestrians and a passenger. Cork North had four crashes and lost three drivers and a pedestrian and Cork West lost three drivers and a pedestrian.

As the busy summer continues, head of Cork City’s Traffic Corps, Inspector Finbarr O’Sullivan, outlined some safety tips for drivers to remain safe on the roads.

Speaking to the Evening Echo, Insp O’Sullivan said one of the main things he would ask of any driver is to drive consciously.

“Often we might ask a driver about their journey to a place and they will often say they don’t remember driving to their destination.”

The other big push by the gardaí is to ask people to adhere to road signs and look out for signs of danger.

“People often don’t see them or don’t modify their driving to conditions such as rain, sleet or snow.”

Another general aspect to be aware of is allowing time for your journey.

“A lot of people have a general time that they make a journey in and then they don’t take into account the weather and they don’t modify their driving to road conditions.

“They try to make the journey in the average time it takes them regardless of the weather or traffic or ongoing events.”

Mentioning the four lifesaver offences, Insp O’Sullivan said the gardaí work on enforcement around using a phone while driving, wearing a seatbelt, speeding and drink driving.

Another thing to consider when on the roads is vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

“All road users have a responsibility for their own safety and for others. Walkers should not go walking on a busy road at peak times and they should wear high visibility clothing.

“Elderly drivers should try and drive at off-peak times as there is less traffic and less stress and all car owners should ensure their car is in good nick.”