GARDAÍ issued an appeal to motorists across the country recently, urging them slow down and take responsibility for road safety.
Senior road policing members attended at a checkpoint on the N20 at Newtwopothouse yesterday, led by Superintendent Edmund Golden of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau.
He urged motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists to wear highvisibility jackets.
He also warned that cyclists must display lights at the front and rear of their bicycles.
“We are coming into darker evenings now and the routines you had in the summertime will have to change,” he said.
Supt Golden said that analysis of statistics shows that the period in late August and September is a particularly high-risk time for motorcyclists.
Of the motorcyclists killed over the last five years (2014–2019), the vast majority were male drivers, and the highest risk groups were those aged between 25-44 years.
Figures show that 10 motorcyclists have been killed across the country to date this year.
“We need to mitigate against that,” he said. “And in the next couple of weeks, we want motorists to be twice as aware as they ever were of motorcyclists on the road.
“We also want to make sure as we move forward that everyone is safe on our roads and everyone has their part to play.”
He also said there is a 48% increase in the number of speeding detections.
Inspector Joe O’Connor of the north Cork Road Policing Unit revealed that in recent weeks, one driver was recorded as travelling at 238km/h on the M8 motorway between Cork and Fermoy — just short of double the speed limit.
Supt Golden said that weather and road conditions need to be considered by drivers, and he urged people to drive at “an appropriate speed”.
He stressed: “For the last part of the year, we want to make sure that the roads are safer for everybody.”
He added that every road fatality has a ripple effect.
There were 139 fatal collisions resulting in 146 fatalities on Irish roads last year, according to the RSA.